Mashed potatoes are simple to do, inexpensive, can feed several people and are a favorite side dish. They’re even used in dishes such as moussaka and shepherd's pie. You can vary their thickness, their chunkiness and the amount of calories. Just follow these simple steps!
- Potatoes (You should use medium-sized white or red potatoes. Add one extra potato than the amount of people to feed)
- 1/4 cup of cream, half and half, milk or water (the water in which the potatoes were boiled)
- Pepper (Ground pepper is best)
- 1/2 teaspoon of crushed garlic
- 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cup
- 1 medium or large pot with lid (it depends on how many potatoes you are cooking)
- Potato masher or mixer
Let's make some mashed potatoes!
- Peel and wash the potatoes. Peel the same amount of potatoes as there are mouths to feed, and add one to that amount. So if you need to feed 4 people, peel and wash 5 medium-sized potatoes.
- Cut them all up. Dice the potatoes in small pieces as the smaller they are, the faster they will cook.
- Get them ready to cook. Put them in a pot. Add enough cold water to cover the potatoes. Sprinkle about 1/2 spoon of salt as it will prevent the boiling water to boil over.
- Cooking Time! Put the pot on the element and turn it on high temperature until the water starts to boil. Lower the temperature to medium-high and let the potatoes cook. Keep an eye on them as you do not want the potatoes to run out of water. Cover the pot partially with the lid. Check the potatoes about 15 minutes later by testing the tenderness of the potatoes with a fork. If the fork goes through easily, they are cooked.
- Shut everything off. Remove the pot from the element. Turn the element off.
- Mashing Time! Add 1/4 of cream, half and half, milk or water (the water in which the potatoes were cooked). The cream will make your mashed potatoes creamier but also heavier in calories. Water will diminish the amount of calories and add some vitamins and minerals, since you are not throwing them down the drain by getting rid of the cooking water. Add salt and pepper to your liking, 1/2 teaspoon of crushed garlic and 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine. Use the potato masher or your mixer to mash the potatoes until you reach the desired consistency. The mixer will mash them faster and will make them creamier than the potato masher.
- Serve and enjoy! Once you have reached the desired consistency, serve and enjoy these delicious mashed potatoes!
Once you taste these mashed potatoes, I dare you not to serve them to your family due to popular demand. They are not merely tasty; they make your taste buds beg for more. This inexpensive side dish will feed many people and complement so many types of meat. Mashed potatoes are easy to make and a pleasure to enjoy!