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Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Updated July 06, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Suggested Special Equipment: A potato ricer, or an electric mixer

Mashing note: Home-style mashed potatoes are becoming trendy in bistro-type restaurants at this writing, and they’re careful to leave in some lumps so we’ll presume they’re not instant mashed—or perhaps they use instant plus one or two lumpily mashed fresh potatoes. Hmm!

Ahead-of-time note: If you cannot serve at once, beat in only a minimum of milk, etc. (Turn the potatoes into a saucepan if you have used an electric mixer.) Set in another pan of hot but not simmering water, and cover the potatoes loosely—they must stay warm to retain their fresh quality, and they must have air circulation or they develop an off-taste. At serving time, bring the water to the simmer, beating the potatoes with a wooden spoon; then beat in more hot milk or cream and soft butter to your taste.

6 servings

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Courseside dish

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Moodblue

Taste and Texturecreamy, savory

Type of Dishvegetable

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 large “baking” potatoes
  • Salt
  • ½ cup or so milk and/or cream, heated in a saucepan
  • 2 or more tablespoons softened butter
  • Freshly ground white pepper

Instructions

Preliminary cooking. You may bake or steam the potatoes whole before mashing them, or boil them in pieces as suggested here. Wash and peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Set in a saucepan with lightly salted water to cover (l½ teaspoons salt per quart of water). Bring to the boil, cover loosely, and boil 10 to 15 minutes or longer, until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife. Cut a piece in half and eat a bit to be sure they are just done; undercooked potatoes will not mash properly. Drain the water out of the pan (you may wish to save it for soup making); toss the potatoes over moderate heat for a moment, until they begin to film the pan; this is to evaporate excess moisture.

Mashing. While still warm, either put the potatoes through a ricer (my preference) and return to the pan, or place in the large bowl of your electric mixer and, using the wire whip attachment and moderate speed; puree them with ¼ cup of the milk and/or cream.

Seasoning. Beat in driblets of hot milk and/or cream, alternating with ½ tablespoons of butter—careful not to make them too soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The sooner you can serve them, the better.

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thanks julie, i just used the recipe and added some zuchinni squash, layed in slices around a little drop of tater in the middle. bon appetit!

It's all about the ricer! Thanks ever so much, Julia.

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