Mashed Potatoes are one of my husband's favorite side dishes. They are a classic side dish found at many holiday dinners. Mashed Potatoes are a creamy, comfort food that is good served year-round with many dishes.
Mashed potatoes are an easy dish to make. Start by washing the potatoes. I prefer to peel them, but some people like to leave the skins on, so it's up to you whether you peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into small pieces. I like to cut them into about one-inch pieces. Some people quarter the potatoes. The smaller the cut potato, the faster it will cook.
Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Per Rachel Ray, it is best to add salt to boiling water because adding the salt to cold water could, over time, damage your pot. So, I add the salt once the water starts to boil. Bring the potatoes to a gentle boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. Drain the potatoes then place in a large bowl or back in the pot. Add butter and milk then beat with a hand mixer or a potato masher.
If you want a dairy-free mashed potato dish, substitute chicken or beef stock for the milk and eliminate the butter.
When my husband was in the military, mashed potatoes was a common side dish served to the soldiers. The mashed potatoes lacked seasoning. So, when my husband was home on leave, he wanted his mother to make mashed potatoes. So, as a nod to that memory, I asked his mother to make the mashed potatoes at several of our family dinners.
I hope you enjoy the mashed potatoes!
- 4 quarts water to boil the potatoes
- 2 tablespoons salt for the boiling water
- 2 pounds potatoes About 4-cups cubed.
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon salt to season the potatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper to season the potatoes
- Wash, peel and cube the potatoes. Set aside.
- Bring 4-quarts of water to a boil over high heat.
- Turn the heat to medium then add 2-tablespoons of salt to the boiling water. Stir to combine.
- Add the potatoes and boil until tender. Stir occasionally.
- Drain the potatoes.
- Place the potatoes, butter, milk, salt and pepper in a large container.
- Using an electric hand mixer, beat the potatoes until smooth, light and fluffy. If you prefer, you can use a potato masher or other utensil of your choice.
- Place in a serving bowl.
- Top with a pat of butter and parsley or chives.
- Serve hot.