Adapted from
Serves 4

This is a lovely, simple way to prepared mashed potatoes.  This recipe doubles easily for a crowd.

1-1/2 pounds new potatoes (4 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
Snipped chives for garnish, optional

Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add enough cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt and cook until potatoes are very tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 20 to 25 minutes.

Drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher, then add buttermilk and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Mash until smooth and combined. If desired, garnish with snipped chives.