Recipe for Mashed Potatoes With Olive Oil and Herbs

This recipe for mashed potatoes with olive oil, fresh basil, and other fresh herbs is a real crowd pleaser.

Winter 2014

  • Herbed olive oil mashed potatoes just might become a family favorite.
    Photo by Fotolia/annamavritta

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Herbed Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes


• 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
• 2 to 4 teaspoons kosher salt, to taste, divided
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil
• 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
• 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon
• 1 to 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• Minced fresh herbs for garnish, optional


1. Place potatoes in a large stockpot and add water to cover. Add 1 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. When water reaches a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the potatoes, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.

2. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add oil and reserved cooking water. Mash with a potato masher, then stir in basil, parsley, tarragon, pepper and additional salt, if needed.

3. Transfer potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish as desired.

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