I know most of you reading this post are probably thinking "mashed potatoes is common sense and super easy to make, this isn't even worth a post". However, I think for people who aren't really inquisitive when it comes to cooking and aren't inclined to cook, the thought of making basic mashed potatoes may not be perceived as something easy nor fast to make. I used to constantly purchase instant mashed potatoes, until my sister scolded me and made me realize how much preservatives and junk is mixed in these instant mixes and taught me how to make delicious fresh mashed potatoes. Hence, this post is for people like me - circa a year ago.
If you've never made mashed potatoes from scratch, then you'll find this to be useful. If you're a pro, then this post especially isn't geared towards you.
- milk - 1/2 cup
- butter - 2 tablespoon
- potatoes - 4 large potatoes
- salt - approximately 1/2 teaspoon (as per your preference and size of potatoes used)
Set a pot on high heat and throw in rinsed, clean potatoes. Immediately pour in boiling water, the water should sit above the potatoes. After about 1/2 hour, insert a fork into a potato. If the fork glides out smoothly with ease, you know the potatoes are soft enough to be mashed. Strain the water and either leave the skin on the potatoes or peel it off as you prefer. The skin contains fiber that's healthy for you.
Set a pot on medium heat and start mashing your potatoes in the pot with a masher, add 2 tablespoons of butter, and add your salt (taste test). At this point you can get creative and throw in fresh or dried herbs (ie. oregano, rosemary, parsley, thyme, etc) and even roasted garlic. Gradually pour in your milk and the amount of milk depends on the consistency you prefer. The thicker you like it, the less milk you'll use. If you want it even creamier, you can opt to use cream as opposed to milk - but I don't really encourage you to do that because it tastes great with just milk. You can also substitute regular potatoes with other boiled root vegetables to mash up or better yet, combine two or more root vegetables (ie. carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, butternut squash, turnips, etc). About 5 minutes on the stove for the completed mash is all you'll need.
It's a basic side dish all of us should know how to make and I learned courtesy of having a bully sister, who is sensical.
Note**: If you're constrained on time, you can microwave your potatoes, which will take about 8 minutes. Since, I'm not an advocate of cooking using the microwave, I'd rather you boil your potatoes, but it is an option you can look into.