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These mashed potatoes are a great accompaniment to the bass fillets with mushrooms and the shrimp and endive. Active time: 10 Min. Start to finish: 40 Min

2 lb. large boiling potatoes
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Atlas Peak Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (optional)

Peel and quarter potatoes. Put potatoes and 1 tablespoon of salt in a 3-quart pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil covered with lid, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until potatoes are very tender. 20 to 25 minutes.

Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain potatoes in a colander and return to pot. Add oil, pepper, chives (if using), remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup cooking water and mash with a potato masher or fork. Add more cooking water for a looser consistency.

Serves: 4
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