Once again, the weather has turned ugly. So what do I do? Retreat back into comfort foods!
Creamy whipped Mashed Potatoes are one of the ultimate soul soothers, don’t you think? And, as if these Mashed Potatoes weren’t already delicious, there are so many ways to increase their lusciousness by adding crispy bacon bits, crumbled blue cheese or a little wasabi. Making Mashed Potatoes is not difficult. If you want to peel them before cooking… peel ‘em. If you want to mash them with the skins on… mash ‘em that way.
One thing I’ve discovered is that most of us love our mashed potatoes a certain way… and most of that has to do with the way our Mamas made them. That’s why we call it comfort food… because ultimately, the memory takes us home.
Mashed Potatoes prep: 15 minutes you’ll need… let’s get to it… Nutrients per serving: Calories 318, Total Fat 16 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 46 mg, Sodium 807 mg, Carbohydrates 38 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 6 g cooking know how…
cook: 45 minutes, including waiting for the water to boil
serves: about 6
3 lbs. russet potatoes
3 cloves garlic, peeled
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter at room temperature
2 tsp. salt
1 cup half and half, heavy cream, milk or chicken broth, warm
Scrub (if you are leaving the skin on) or peel the potatoes and drop them and the garlic into a large pot of cold water; bring the pot to a boil.
Boil the garlic and potatoes for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a fork gently pushes through the potato’s skin; drain.
Push potatoes and garlic through a food mill or ricer into the cooking pot (if you peeled them). Never use a food processor to mash the potatoes or you will have a gluey mess. If you like chunkier potatoes, mash with a potato masher.
Add the butter and salt to the potatoes. Gradually fold in the warm half and half, heavy cream, milk or chicken broth.
Reheat potatoes on low or cover and keep warm in the oven on low heat.
• Warming the liquid before adding it to the potatoes helps prevent lumps.
prep: 15 minutes
let’s get to it…
Nutrients per serving: Calories 318, Total Fat 16 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 46 mg, Sodium 807 mg, Carbohydrates 38 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 6 g
cooking know how…