Mashed potatoes are a staple in most homes and they are surprisingly easy to make. Many people start with this base recipe and then tweak it to their liking. This recipe will serve two people, a large serving of potatoes or smaller servings for up to four.
Ingredients 3 baseball sized potatoes or equivalent
Pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons butter
3-5 tablespoons milk
To complete this recipe you will need a cutting board, knife, peeler, strainer, a large pot, and potato masher or hand-mixer.
Peel the potatoes. Ensure you peel off any bruises (black spots under the potatoís skin) or other blemishes.
Cut the potato into cubes approximately 1.5-2 cm squared, and place cubes into the pot.
Add water to the pot until the potatoes are submerged.
Put the pot over high heat on the stove-top until the water is boiling.
Add a pinch of salt to help ensure that the pot does not boil over. Continue to boil the potatoes on medium to high heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
Pour the water and potatoes through the strainer, allowing the water to go down the drain. Then put the potatoes cubes back in the empty pot.
Mix in the butter until the butter has melted.
Make sure all of the butter has melted before moving on to the next step
Add in three tablespoons of milk and mash or mix until blended.
Add milk little bits at a time, so ensure you don't make your mash potatoes too runny
Note: If you want smoother mashed potatoes, add additional milk one tablespoon and continue to mash until desired consistency is attained.
Although a potato masher works just fine, I prefer a hand blender to get the potatoes perfectly smooth
Once smooth, your mashed potatoes are ready to serve.
And there you have it, mashed potatoes with chicken and steamed carrots
This is a basic mashed potatoes recipe that almost anyone can do. They can be eaten right out of the pot, or you can season with salt and pepper, or mix in garlic salt, even curry powder. Using this recipe as a base, the possibilities are endless.