For my first work-related potluck here in the States, I worked my fingers to the bone making a complex dish from my home country wanting to leave a good impression. Just as I was entering the break room my colleagues shouted in excitement. No, they weren’t happy to see me.
The excitement was about another dish. Someone brought a bowl of mashed potatoes! What’s the big deal, I asked. They aren’t your regular mashed potatoes, they exclaimed, they are MADE FROM SCRATCH!!! What the fork?! Why would you EVER have any other kind? —Jas
Peel, quarter, and rinse the potatoes. Put the potatoes in a pot, add the salt, and cover with cold water.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook until tender but still firm, about 15-20 minutes. Drain them well.
Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan. Using a potato masher or electric beater, mash the potatoes with oil and sour cream. Add freshly ground black pepper. Slowly blend milk mixture into potatoes until smooth and silky creamy.