Mashed potatoes are a classic comfort food that are simple to make and can be enjoyed with a wide variety of meals. Here’s a basic recipe to make mashed potatoes:
- 2 pounds (about 900 grams) of potatoes (russet or Yukon gold are good options)
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) of milk or heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons (56 grams) of unsalted butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and cut the potatoes into small, evenly sized pieces. Rinse them in cold water to remove any excess starch.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
- Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Cook the potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until they are fork-tender.
- Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
- Add the milk or heavy cream and butter to the pot with the potatoes.
- Using a potato masher or a hand mixer, mash the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- If the mashed potatoes are too thick, add more milk or cream until you reach the desired consistency.
- Serve hot with your favorite main dish.
- You can add garlic, chives, cheese, or other seasonings to your mashed potatoes to give them more flavor. Simply mix in the desired amount of seasoning after mashing the potatoes.