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Mashed potato is a pretty basic dish to cook but, at the same time, a perfect garnish to almost any main dish including meat and fish. I will share with you my favorite recipe of mashed potatoes. Using the recipe, you will get smooth tender mash with creamy delicious flavor.

You can’t consider simply mashed boiled potato without any other ingredient as a separate dish. Only when you add milk, cream, butter, sour cream, egg with seasoning and herbs, you get a perfect side dish that you can adjust to your taste improvising with added ingredients. Having tried all the existing and possible variations of the mash, I decided that I prefer the pretty basic recipe. And now, I will share it with you.

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients:

Ingredients for Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 kg russet potatoes;
  • 50 g unsalted butter;
  • about 250 ml milk;
  • salt to your taste.

How to make mashed potatoes at home:

  • Peel potatoes, rinse them under running water. I cut potatoes into medium sized cubes and rinse them once again.

Step_1 How to make mashed potatoes at home

  • Transfer potato cubes into a big deep pot. Cover potatoes with cold water in such a way that it will 2 cm above potatoes. Season with salt (for the amount of potatoes we have, you will need around 1 tsp. of salt). Place potatoes on the high heat, cover pot with a lid and bring it to boil. Get rid of all the foam, lower the heat and slightly open the lid.

Step_2 How to make mashed potatoes at home

  • Cook potatoes for about 20 minutes in gently boiling water. Of course, time depends on the type of the potatoes and the size of the cubes. You always can check doneness with a fork or a knife. Potato should be fully cooked through and cubes should fall apart easily. It is better to overcook than undercook potatoes, as there is a possibility that there still be combs after mashing it.

Step_3 How to make mashed potatoes at home

  • When potatoes are cooked, drain all the water out of the pot. Thoroughly mash potatoes with a hand potato masher while it is still warm before adding any other ingredients.

Step_4 How to make mashed potatoes at home

  • Warm up milk beforehand on the stove or in a microwave and pour it to the pot with mashed potato, mix it with potatoes. The amount of milk to add you decide by yourself depending on the desired consistency.

Step_5 How to make mashed potatoes at home

  • As the end step, you add butter, let it sit for a minute to get soft and then start stirring it in with a masher until it fully dissolves. And our delicious creamy mash is ready!

Step_6 How to make mashed potatoes at home

Enjoy your meal!

Easy and Tasty Mashed Potato

How many potatoes to use for mashed potatoes per person? There are several ways to decide how much mashed potatoes to make. If you have an opportunity to weigh raw potato, than this rule is for you: 230-250 g of raw potato per person. On the other hand, simply two medium sized potatoes for a portion.

How long to boil potatoes for mashed potatoes? Of course, boiling time depends on the potato variety and the size of potato cubes. However, as a general rule, you need to boil potatoes for 20 minutes to get it thoroughly cooked through for mashed potatoes. Water should be slightly simmering and do not completely cover your pot with a lid.

How long can you store mashed potatoes in the fridge? You can store mashed potatoes in the fridge for 3 days, maximum. You always have an option to freeze it but when you have potatoes in every store and only 20 minutes to make the mash I would rather chose to have it freshly cooked.

Can you add milk to mashed potatoes? Milk is one the essential ingredients of my recipe. When you add milk to the mash, its texture gets fluffier and tenderer. Mine tip would be to pour milk to the pot slightly warmed up.

Can you add cream (or sour cream) to mashed potatoes? You can definitely use cream instead of milk in the recipe. However, bear in mind that you are adding more calories and this change definitely will affect the taste.

Why do you add egg to mashed potatoes? There is a variation of mashed potato recipe where you add a raw egg. You simply stir it into potatoes after mashing until it fully incorporates into the mix. The color of the mash will become slightly yellowy and it definitely will change the taste.

Why do I get lumps in my mashed potatoes? Potato gets lumpy if you do not follow these steps: gate rid of all the water after boiling potatoes, drain it out of the pot and thoroughly mash them with a potato masher. Only then, add other ingredients. You can avoid lumps in your mash.

How do I fix runny mashed potatoes? There are three main ways to thicken mashed potatoes. Try evaporating all the excess fluid. Put pot with mashed potato on low heat and let it cook for several minutes while you will be constantly stirring. You can also add one raw egg as it has thickening effect on the potatoes and the last step will be to let mashed potatoes get cold (as it thickens in this way, too).

Why do mashed potatoes become gluey? Choose the variety of potatoes for you mash wisely. Russet potatoes are the best option (as well as Dutch yellow, Sebago, Spunta). Skip using white and pink potatoes for the recipe. However, you never know which suits your taste the best. I would also recommend not using blender, just stick to potato masher.

What main dishes can you serve with mashed potatoes? I have plenty options for you to choose from. If you want to try them, simply follow the links:

I think that everyone should know how to make mashed potatoes. The dish is very easy to make, nutritious and tasty at the same time. You can adjust it to your diet thanks to the variety of recipe options. Share your own favorite mashed potatoes recipe with everybody, if it is different to mine.

Mashed Potatoes with Milk and Butter Recipe

I will share with you my favorite recipe of mashed potatoes. Using the recipe, you will get smooth tender mash with creamy delicious flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: mashed potato recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 105kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 kg russet potatoes;
  • 50 g unsalted butter;
  • about 250 ml milk;
  • salt to your taste.

Instructions

  • Peel potatoes, rinse them under running water. I cut potatoes into medium sized cubes and rinse them once again.
  • Transfer potato cubes into a big deep pot. Cover potatoes with cold water in such a way that it will 2 cm above potatoes. Season with salt (for the amount of potatoes we have, you will need around 1 tsp. of salt). Place potatoes on the high heat, cover pot with a lid and bring it to boil. Get rid of all the foam, lower the heat and slightly open the lid.
  • Cook potatoes for about 20 minutes in gently boiling water. Of course, time depends on the type of the potatoes and the size of the cubes. You always can check doneness with a fork or a knife. Potato should be fully cooked through and cubes should fall apart easily. It is better to overcook than undercook potatoes, as there is a possibility that there still be combs after mashing it.
  • When potatoes are cooked, drain all the water out of the pot. Thoroughly mash potatoes with a hand potato masher while it is still warm before adding any other ingredients.
  • Warm up milk beforehand on the stove or in a microwave and pour it to the pot with mashed potato, mix it with potatoes. The amount of milk to add you decide by yourself depending on the desired consistency.
  • As the end step, you add butter, let it sit for a minute to get soft and then start stirring it in with a masher until it fully dissolves. And our delicious creamy mash is ready!

Notes

*calories per 100 g

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