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Mashed Potatoes Recipes That Will Melt In Your Mouth

Mashed Potatoes Recipes

Stovetop Preparation

In large saucepan, add cut-up (1-inch) potatoes to 2 inches boiling water to cover. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, covered, about 12 minutes or until tender; drain. (If cooking whole potatoes, allow 30 to 40 minutes.) Heat potatoes over medium-low heat 1 minute to evaporate excess moisture, stirring occasionally. Using electric hand mixer or potato masher, mash potatoes. Mix in milk, butter (if desired), salt and pepper.

Microwave Oven Preparation

In microwave-safe dish, combine 1 1/2 pounds quartered potatoes and 3 tablespoons water. Cover and microwave on high 12 to 14 minutes or until tender. Mash potatoes as described above; stir in milk, butter (if desired), salt and pepper.

Mashed Potatoes Tips from the Pros:

How to Make the Best Mashed Potatoes

After boiling, heat drained potatoes briefly in the pot to dry out.
To mash, use a hand-held potato masher, ricer, food mil or electric mixer; avoid the food processor, which will make them gummy.

How to Keep Mashed Potatoes Hot

To keep your mashed potatoes hot, heat the milk or cream before adding to the potatoes.
When prepared ahead of time, keep mashed potatoes warm by placing in top of double boiler or in a pot over hot water.

How to Make Slim but Flavorful Mashed Potatoes

Instead of milk and butter, stir chicken broth or buttermilk into mashed potatoes.
Or, cook potatoes in chicken broth and garlic instead of water.

How to Get Mashed Potatoes Faster

Use convenience potato products such as

dehydrated potato flakes or buds
frozen, refrigerated or deli prepared mashed potatoes

That's quick and I wanted to include it here. But I really feel making mashed potatoes using real potatoes is the only way to go.

I made some cheesy mashed potatoes over the weekend and the family loved them. Make everything the same but after you mash them, add cheddar cheese and mix it in well. This particularly goes well when you also mix in bacon pieces as you then can eat the mashed potatoes without gravy. It's about the only way I will eat mashed potatoes without gravy.


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