It takes only six ingredients and three simple steps to make rich, fluffy mashed potatoes. We show you how. Print Email Photo by Beth Dreiling Hontzas PagesPrevious 2 of 6 Next View All 1. Peel, Boil, & Drain Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch pieces. Bring potatoes, 1 tsp. salt, and cold water to cover to a boil in a medium-size Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 16 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender; drain. Related Links Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Mac and Cheese From Scratch Mama's Way or Your Way?