Perfect Mashed Potatoes

An electric mixer creates slightly chunkier potatoes, so everyone knows they're homemade and not from a box. I love this recipe. Southern Living.

Yukon gold potatoes yield a texture that's just right for holding a pool of flavorful gravy or melted butter.

3 lb. Yukon gold potatoes
2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup half and half
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Peel, boil & drain. Peel potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces. Bring to a boil in 1 teaspoon salted water. After you bring to a boil reduce heat to medium-low and cook 16 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender; drain.

Add creamy richness. Add the rest of the ingredients.

Beat until smooth. Beat at medium speed with a hand-held electric mixer 30 seconds to 1 minute or to desired degree of smoothness. (Do not over beat.) Serve immediately.