The best mashed potatoes

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Mashed potatoes They are a classic garnish recipe that stands the test of time. They are irresistibly creamy and buttery, making it difficult to stop at one slice. Learn how to make homemade mashed potatoes, then serve along with my grilled balsamic chicken or crispy chicken drumsticks or on top of the shepherd's pie for the perfect cozy meal.

Who else agrees that a plate of mashed potatoes is essential for a table? That creamy texture and simple flavor It complements almost any main dish, including chicken, salmon, and beef.

The only thing you have to decide is which vegetable or spud to use. Your options can range from cauliflower puree (for a low carb option) to pumpkin puree and sweet potato puree. But today, I'm showing you how to perfect the iconic and original mashed potato recipe.

How to make the best mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. To make the BEST mashed potatoes, it's all about flavor and texture. And the good news is that you can adapt as you go! Check out the video below to see how I make them.

Here's how to make mashed potatoes, step by step:

  1. Peel potatoes using a Y peeler (it's much easier than a straight peeler) and cut them in large pieces or cubes.
  2. Add the potatoes to a pot and cover with cold water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, then cook the potatoes for 13-15 minutes, or until the fork is tender.
  4. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter and heat the milk together in a small saucepan.
  5. Drain the potatoes in a strainer, then place it back into the warm pot.
  6. Pour in the butter mixture. on top of the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Mash the potatoes with a masher until they have reached the desired consistency.
  8. Taste test to see if they need more salt and pepper. You can also add more milk for a fluffier consistency.
  9. Garnish with chopped parsley, add a little butter and serve immediately!

Note: You should not add cold milk and butter to your potatoes, as it will chill them before serving. The milk-to-butter ratio is different from my sweet potato puree recipe because of the starch in red potatoes. They require a little more liquid.

What type of potato to use?

When it comes to mashing potatoes, the only question we all have is: How do you make them creamy?

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The answer to that is to use a batch of starchy potatoes, like russet potatoes. These brown skinned potatoes are fluffy when cooked and have a slightly buttery texture. What it does russet potatoes the best potato for a classic mashed potato recipe.

But if you don't have red potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes are an excellent alternative. They are also naturally creamy, but not as waxy as new potatoes.

Make this recipe ahead of time

Do you want to save time in the kitchen? Prepare a large batch of mashed potatoes ahead of time (always a great meal prep option), then enjoy when you feel like it. You can store mashed potatoes in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freezer for up to 4 months.

So how do you heat them up? Just microwave them for a minute or so, stir them, and you're ready to go!

Additional flavors to enhance your mashed potatoes

While mashed potatoes have a simple flavor, it doesn't hurt to change it up a bit. Here are some variations that will kick these potatoes.

  • Add garlic if you love a more garlic flavor. Melt with your butter mixture or stir roasted garlic with your potatoes.
  • Mix in crispy baked bacon piecesAdding more bacon is never a bad idea, is it?
  • Chopping fresh herbs and stir them for a light, refreshing taste.
  • Add a few tablespoons of cream cheese or goat cheese For an ultra creamy and smooth texture.

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The Best Mashed Potato Recipe (How to Perfect Mashed Potatoes)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Servings: 10 servings

These classic mashed potatoes are irresistibly creamy, buttery, and pair perfectly with any main dish for the best cozy meal.

  • 2 pounds of russet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk or more for a creamier texture
  • 1/4 cup butter or shortening
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional accessories

  • bacon bits
  • chives or other herbs
  • cream cheese or goat cheese
  • roasted garlic
  • Peel the potatoes with a hand peeler.

  • Cut the potatoes into pieces and place them in a pot. Fill the pot with cold water, boil and cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

  • While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter and milk in a saucepan until warm. Alternatively, you could melt and heat this in the microwave.

  • Drain the potatoes in a strainer and put them back in the pot.

  • Pour the butter and milk mixture over the potatoes. Mash the potatoes with a manual masher until the desired consistency is obtained. You can always add more milk or butter for a creamier consistency. Spice with salt and pepper.

  • Scoop the sweet potato puree into a bowl, add a little butter, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve!

  • You can certainly make this dairy-free and vegan recipe using a plant-based butter and milk alternative.

Calories: 369 kcal, carbohydrates: 74 g, protein: 8 g, fat: 5 g, saturated fat: 3 g, cholesterol: 13 mg, sodium: 140 mg, potassium: 1012 mg, fiber: 6 g, sugar: 4 g , vitamin A: 172 IU, vitamin C: 73 mg, Calcium: 40 mg, Iron: 1 mg

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