I have never made mashed potatoes before. Which is a part of the reason we’re doing ‘Mashed Potatoes’ this month, instead of something a little more complicated. Also it’s November, which means Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving, and obviously mashed potatoes are pretty central to that.
At some point last year (I think when we were prepping for Friendsgiving 2016 which Lisa hosted and was not featured on the blog) Lisa signed up for American’s Test Kitchen, and being the good friend that she is, she shared her login. This is an online recipe resource that I trust. I also like watching the show on Saturday mornings on PBS. I typed in mashed potatoes and returned tons of recipes. Including the ‘Master Recipe for Mashed Potatoes:’
- 2 pounds potatoes, scrubbed
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup half-and-half, warmed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
- pepper to taste
Place potatoes in large saucepan and cover with 1 inch water. Bring to boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are tender (a paring knife can be slipped into and out of center of potatoes with very little resistance), 20 to 30 minutes. Drain.
Set food mill or ricer over now empty but still warm saucepan. Spear potato with dinner fork, then peel back skin with paring knife. Repeat with remaining potatoes. Working in batches, cut peeled potatoes into rough chunks and drop into hopper of food mill or ricer. Process or rice potatoes into saucepan.
Stir in butter with wooden spoon until incorporated; gently whisk in half-and-half, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve immediately
The America’s Test Kitchen recipes tend to have a few more steps than I’m accustomed to. The flavors always check out, and it’s great that they provide reasoning for why you take certain steps.
Potatoes post-boil. I’ll def take the skins off pre-boil next time as this was really hot and difficult. I’m also not 100% sure why the recipe included this step. Anyone have insights?
Mashing away! I picked up a grocery store masher, instead of a food ricer. This was a decent workout!
Finished! They were delicious! I might not make them regularly, but I’m so glad I’ve done it once!