Basic Mashed Potatoes for One
Wash and peel the potato, and cut into quarters. Fill a medium-sized saucepan with enough salted water to cover the potato and bring to a boil.
Cook the potato in the boiling water until tender and easily pierced with a fork (about 5 minutes). Drain.
Place the potato in a bowl and add the butter or margarine. Mash using a fork or a potato masher. Add the milk a bit at a time as you are mashing, being sure not to add more than is needed. Mash until the potato is fluffy. Stir in the salt and pepper.
You can spice up this basic recipe by adding paprika, garlic powder, nutmeg, or other seasonings with the salt and pepper.