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lemon zest mashed potatoes with butter on plate

Chive and Lemon Zest Mashed Potatoes

These chive and lemon zest mashed potatoes from Every Night Meals will change the way you look at the classic holiday side dish.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday, side dish, Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Cost: $5


  • Large pot
  • Potato masher or electric hand mixer


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes
  • cups whole milk, plus more as needed (up to 1½ cups)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest (from 1 small lemon)


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • While the water heats up, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch chunks.
  • Carefully lower the potatoes into the boiling water. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 12 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • As soon as the potatoes are done cooking, drain them in a colander and return the empty pot to the stove over medium-low heat. Pour in the milk and butter. When the butter is completely melted, return the potatoes to the pot and add the salt, a few grinds of black pepper, the chives, and the lemon zest.
  • Mash with a potato masher or an electric hand mixer until the mashed potatoes are as smooth as you like them. If they seem too thick, drizzle in up to ¼ cup more whole milk and continue mashing. The potatoes will firm up a little more as they sit.
  • Serve hot with butter and/or gravy.