This mashed potato-making technique is foolproof. In this video, you’ll learn how to make perfect mashed potatoes every time. You’ll see how to avoid the common mashed potato-making mistakes and pitfalls. Learn which potato has the perfect texture and just the right amount of starchiness for mashers. You’ll discover the correct size and shape (not chunks!) to cut your potatoes into before cooking at a gentle simmer. Then you’ll see the ideal mashing tool and get a simple, “quick-mash plus stir-and-whip” technique that doesn’t require any electrical appliances. Get Chef John’s recipe for Perfect Mashed Potatoes. These mashed potatoes make a sensational side with meatloaf, roast beef, chicken, or Salisbury steak, topped with a simple gravy. And they're amazing beside roast turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.