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4 pounds white or Yukon gold potatoes
10 large fresh basil leaves
3 strips lemon zest, about 3 inches
⅓ cup olive oil
1 cup green olives, good quality green olives, such as French picholine, pitted and finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Put into a pan with the basil leaves and lemon zest. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover the pan and reduce the heat. Simmer about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
Drain the potatoes into a colander. Discard the basil and lemon peel. Put into a large bowl and add the olive oil, green olives and salt.
Using an electric mixer or potato masher, mash the potatoes coarsely. Serve hot.