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WEEK #9 – MASHED POTATOES
I grew up with mashed potatoes from a box. Hubbyman grew up with homemade mashed potatoes from scratch. So, of course this was a source of many newlywed arguments. He thought my box potatoes were gross and I thought scratch potatoes would be too hard and time consuming.
I’m happy to announce that we came to a happy agreement and just celebrated 15 years of marriage…a mashed potatoes from scratch marriage. Yep, Hubbyman won this battle and I’m so glad he did. Once I made my first batch of homemade mashed potatoes, I never looked back. There is no way you’d catch me buying a box of potato flakes.
I know they seem easy, but I can make homemade mashed potatoes in the same amount of time as it takes to whip up some potato flakes. No joke. I can have them on the table in under 20 minutes if I use my pressure cooker and under 40 mins if I use a regular ol’ pot.
I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to have mashed potatoes after being diagnosed with my dairy allergy, but I’m so excited that they taste just as good with some dairy free alternatives…my kids had no idea that I switched things up on them. However, I find that simple is the way to go with mashed potatoes…I know people get super fancy with all their ingredients, but I really like to have the potato shine!
I’ve read that you should only use a certain type of potato for mashed potatoes and other potatoes for fries or baking, but honestly….I just use whatever is on sale that week. I’ve never had a problem with my mashed potatoes using Russet potatoes. However, they will get gummy if they are over beaten.
The Best Homemade Mashed Potatoes
- 2 1/2 lbs potatoes, cut into 8 chunks/potato (skins removed if desired)
- 4 tbls butter (I use Earth Balance)
- 1/2-1 cup milk of choice (unflavored rice or soy milk or whole milk)
- 1 tbls garlic powder
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Add cut potatoes to a large stock pot filled with water (at least several inches above the potatoes). Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until fork tender (about 20 minutes). Test for doneness by inserting a fork into one of the larger pieces of potato (there should be no resistance).
- When potatoes are fork tender, drain potatoes in a colander then return to the hot pot. Add butter and 1/2 cup of milk, garlic, salt, and pepper. Begin mashing with a potato masher. Mash to desired lumpiness. If a super creamy mashed potato is desired use a hand held mixer to finish the potatoes. Add more milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt, pepper, and garlic.
- Do not overbeat the potatoes or they become gummy.
- My dairy free version: use Earth Balance butter and unflavored soy milk)
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