These are purposely lumpy and make me dream of crispy, batter-fried chicken. The buttermilk adds a slightly tangy note that somehow lightens the potatoes. These hold well and need little additional liquid when reheated.
Put a large pot of water on high heat. Add the potatoes, salt, and garlic and bring to a boil. Boil just until a skewer can easily penetrate the center of the potatoes, 20 to 30 minutes. Draw off about 1 cup of the cooking liquid; set aside. Drain the potatoes, return them to the pot in which they were cooked, and mash them with a potato masher, leaving them slightly lumpy. Add the butter, buttermilk, cream, salt, and pepper. Gently mix the ingredients into the potatoes with a wooden spoon. Bring the mashed potatoes to the consistency you like by adding a little cooking water if necessary. Season with more salt and pepper if needed and serve.
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