- 4 pounds golden potatoes, peeled and cut into 2" pieces
- 1 tablespoon salt, plus more as needed
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 3 sprigs thyme (optional)
- 2 bay leaves
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, plus additional softened butter for serving
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place the chopped potatoes into a large pot and fill with cold water to cover by at least 1 inch. Add the salt and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are very tender but not falling apart, 20-25 minutes. Avoid boiling the water to preserve the texture of the potatoes.
Drain the potatoes and allow to dry. As the potatoes dry, warm the milk, cream, bay leaves, and the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted.
Remove the bay from the milk mixture and discard. While the potatoes are still hot, add a little bit of the milk mixture and beat with a hand mixer. Continue adding the milk and beating the hot potatoes until the milk is fully incorporated and the potatoes are evenly textured (without being totally smooth).
Season the potatoes with salt and pepper and serve warm with softened butter.