Recipe Idea: How to Make Mashed Potatoes
Hi. It’s Lois in the kitchen at Recipe Idea Shop, telling you about Mashed Potatoes. This is one of those recipes I expect my kids to ask me for one of these days. So I thought I’d get a jump on it and write it down for them. But maybe they all know how to make mashed potatoes (one would hope I taught them this basic recipe!).
If you haven’t made them, trust me. It’s easy, especially with a potato ricer and a good hand mixer. But even if you don’t have these tools, you can use a fork to mash them and a wire whip to whip them. You will just need more muscles.
Here’s a trick: When I make mashed potatoes for a large gathering, I make them earlier in the day, add a dollop of butter on the top, cover them with a paper towel and right before we eat, I microwave them for about 2 minutes. This makes them a little smoother and nice and hot!
- 6-8 large potatoes
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel the potatoes (or don’t, your choice…I don’t peel them if I use red potatoes).
- Wash them off and cut them into small pieces.
- Put them in a pan of water (covering all the potatoes).
- Boil the potatoes until they are tender when you stick them with a fork.
- Add the butter to the potatoes, add a little of the milk, salt and pepper.
- Using an electric mixer, whip the potatoes until smooth.
- Add more milk if you need it, but not too much or they will get soupy.
- If you would like to make sure they are not lumpy, put them through a potato ricer before you whip them.