Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are easy and pretty quick to make from scratch, and they taste so much better. This is a hearty, full-fat version. You can easily substitute reduced-fat sour cream and milk with no difference in taste or texture. The lowest-fat way to make mashed potatoes is to use low-sodium chicken broth in place of the dairy products; however, this will affect taste and texture. I would still use regular butter, if possible.

5 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes (russets are OK, if that's what you have)
1 onion, peeled
1 pint sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter, softened
Kosher salt
White pepper
  1. Bring 6 quarts of water to boil in an 8-quart stockpot; a pasta pentola* works great if you have one.
  2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, peel and quarter the Yukon Gold potatoes. If you use russet potatoes, peel them and cut them into eighths: cut in half lengthwise, quarter lengthwise, cut again crosswise.
  3. Once the water is boiling rapidly, add 2-3 tablespoons of kosher salt to the pot. Add the whole onion and the potatoes, using a large slotted spoon or a spider/skimmer. Boil for 18-20 minutes.
  4. Drain the potatoes and discard the onion. Pour the cooking water out of the pot, so you can use that pot to mix and mash the potatoes.
  5. Put the drained potatoes back into the warm pot. Add half of the sour cream, half of the milk, and half of the butter. Mash by hand and mix. If you do not have a potato masher, you can use a ricer or an electric hand-mixer to whip the potatoes; do not over-process them. If the potatoes are still dry, add more of the dairy products until the potatoes are creamy but not gluey. Add salt and white pepper to taste, at least a tablespoon of salt and a 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Serve hot.
Mashed potatoes can be made in advance and refrigerated until needed. Store and reheat in a covered oven-proof dish. To reheat, add 3 tablespoons of milk to the top of the potatoes and place in a 350º oven for 30-40 minutes until hot.

*Note: Although I own mostly All-Clad pots and pans, I would not necessarily spend $350.00 for a pasta pot. All-Clad now makes a stainless-steel multi-cooker that works just the same and is a great value for the money.


Kel said...

I've never thought to put an onion in the water while boiling the potatoes - will have to give that a go

Kel said...

PS: when do we get photos?

paige said...

Ditto to what Kel said--can't wait to try the onion--a trick I've never heard of the new blog!

Alto2 said...

Photos? I never even thought to put photos in of ... dinner. I'll give it some thought. BTW, the onion adds more flavor to the water and the potatoes. Would you believe I learned that trick from the old talk show, "Mike and Maddie"?

Rambling Mom said...

Hey Alto2 -- doesn't matter where you learn cooking tips -- whatever works.

Anyway - can I request posting some of those crockpot recipes. I'm needing them now that the cold weather has hit the north and tax season has hit the minivan household.

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