Real Mashed Potatoes

Making real mashed potatoes is not something to stress over. They are actually a simple and pleasing side dish that should be on the table more frequently than just Thanksgiving dinner.

The two key ingredients:  a Kitchen-Aid Mixer and semi overcooked potatoes.

I love my Kitchen-Aid Mixer. It whips, beats, churns…whatever you like, it will get the job done. Breads, cookies, dips, meringues…the list of possibilities are endless. Although a hefty little investment, every kitchen should have a Kitchen-Aid Mixer. It’s worth every penny.

On to the semi overcooked potatoes. How can you lose? Most of the skins just fall off when pulled on a bit. And the skins that stick? Well just psyche yourself up and dive in. Ooo, hot hot! Yes, but just for a few seconds. Now the potato chunks are ready to be tossed into the mixer.

Into the mixer they go, with already chopped pieces of butter inside the bowl. Instant butter melting action! Pour warmed milk over the potatoes and whip up some mashed potatoes in about a minute.

Here’s the recipe:

  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
    • 5 large potatoes, cut into thirds and boiled
    • 1/2 C milk, heated
    • 3 Tbsp. margarine or butter
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
    • Peel potatoes.
    • Place hot potatoes in bowl.
    • Mix for 10 seconds to mash.
    • Add all other ingredients.
    • Beat for about 1 minute or until fluffy.

Plain old potatoes too bland for your tastes? Here are some simple variations.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Substitute 1 teaspoon garlic salt for salt.

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes – Increase milk to 3/4 cup. Add 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese with milk.

Sour Cream-Chive Mashed Potatoes – Substitute 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream for 1/4 cup milk. Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives.

This can be as fast or as slow as you want it to be. Overcooked potatoes tend to peel and mash quicker. Adding sliced butter to the bowl before the hot potatoes go in it, further quickens the process. Leave some potato skins on the potato for appearance and/or fingertip appreciation.

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One Response to “Real Mashed Potatoes”

  1. This time of year is perfect for trying out mashed potato recipes. I’ll get it perfected by Thanksgiving! Thanks for the recipe and variations!

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