How to Make Mashed Potatoes

It's High Time You Learn How to Make Mashed Potatoes Perfectly

Mashed potatoes make a wonderful side dish. But it won't do much good if they don't come out perfect. Learn to make creamy mashed potatoes with the recipes mentioned in the following article.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Mar 8, 2018
There's an endless debate on how long to cook the potatoes, whether you should peel them or leave the skin on, and which potatoes to cook with. We'll solves these doubts in this article. But firstly, let's make it clear that using Yukon Gold potatoes is the right way to go as they are almost 50% starch and 50% water. Once boiled, they are moist, fluffy, and won't become dry while cooking.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes, 1½ lbs
  • Salt, ½ teaspoon
  • Cream, 4 tablespoons
  • Butter, 2 tablespoons
  • Milk, 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and Black Pepper, as per taste
Method
  • Peel the potatoes and cut into small, square pieces.
  • Put them in a saucepan, add ½ teaspoon of salt, and submerge in water.
  • Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, place a cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, on low heat, add cream and butter into a pan. The butter needs to melt completely.
  • Drain water from potatoes and place them in a bowl, and mash them.
  • Add the melted butter and cream mixture to the potatoes and keep mashing the potatoes until all the ingredients have combined properly.
  • Do a taste test, and add salt and pepper, if needed, before serving.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes, 6
  • Hot Milk, ¼ cup
  • Minced Garlic Cloves, 2
  • Butter, 2 tablespoons
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Ground Black Pepper, as per taste
Method
  • Clean the potatoes and peel them. Make small, square pieces, add them into a pot, and submerge in water with a little bit of salt.
  • Cover the pot and let them cook for 15 minutes, or till they can pierce easily with a fork.
  • Once they are done, drain the potatoes and mash them.
  • In a different bowl, combine hot milk, butter, black pepper together. The butter should melt completely before you add it with the potatoes.
  • Keep adding the milk-butter mixture little by little and combine all the ingredients together.
  • Do a taste to see if you need to add more salt and pepper to the potatoes.
While adding milk, make sure you don't use cold milk or the potatoes won't be as creamy as they should be. You can add basil, parsley, thyme, and chives to your mashed potatoes, and give them a unique flavor.
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