There is not a single occasion that can be celebrated without a bowl of mash potatoes on the table. Even when I plan to replace it with some other side meal, my family always pushes me to make them a creamy mash potato bowl, for all the right reasons. Though there are countless ways to enjoy mashed potatoes, the recipe I am going to share here today is my personal favorite. What do you want to know why? Because it is full of nourishing nutrients. Even when you don’t serve it with a heavy meal, this mashed potato is enough to fulfill all your energy needs.
We will get to the recipe in a bit! Since it is super simple, we will first discuss the ingredients of the recipe. There are basic ingredients that are essential for both the taste and texture of the mash potatoes. Then there can be some add-ons, and their use completely depends on your personal preferences. I would recommend keeping it simple and easy. I have only used some salt to season the mash potatoes, but you can also add a pinch of ground black pepper to enhance its taste. Similarly, ground white pepper in a small amount can also infuse good flavors in the mash potatoes.
What kind of potatoes are best for mashed potatoes?
Ok! Let’s start with the very basic and essential ingredient of mash potato, the Potatoes! Since there are several options to select from, people usually ask me which potato should they use to make mash potatoes. Well, they all can yield some good and flavorsome results, whether it’s the red, gold, Yukon gold or Russet potatoes, etc. You will find their mash equally delicious. However, there is a slight difference in the texture and amount of starch among the different kinds of potatoes.
To get the fluffiest and creamiest mash potato I always recommend the classic russet potatoes! They belong to the true potato family and carry lesser amount of starch compared to other types. They do not carry that mildly sweet taste, which some types of potatoes have. Moreover, the color of their flesh is perfect for giving your mash potato that tempting mild yellow creamy look.
How to make creamy mashed potatoes?
The mash potato we are going to make today is known for its unique garlicky flavor, and I bet you will all love the taste and aroma of it. So, what I do is, I start with the boiling of the potatoes. But before that it is better to prepare them well for this step. Often people directly boil the potatoes in a pot full of water, which makes the peeling and mashing difficult after boiling. It will be convenient if we first wash the potatoes well, then peel them and dice into quarters. Now add these pieces to the boiling water and let them cook until the potatoes are tender and soft. You can use a pinch of salt or more to add flavor to the boiling potatoes.
Once the potatoes are boiled, immediately strain and leave them in a colander. Just for 2-5 minutes, so that all the excess liquid is released out of the potatoes. Now that they are dry, you can transfer them to a large bowl or shallow tray in which you can easily mash them. Since you have boiled the pieces of potatoes, you can easily mash them using a fork. But for more convenience and to get a silky-smooth texture, you can use a ricer as well.
Make sure to rice the potatoes while they are hot; this practice will yield smoother mash potatoes. When all the potatoes are mashed, you can start adding other ingredients of the recipe. And while you do so, make sure to continuously mix the potatoes and avoid the lumps. The only hot liquid is added to the mash potatoes because cold milk, butter, or cream can again make the mash a bit lumpy in texture.
There are a few important points that we must keep in mind. First is to avoid over-mashing then to quickly work on the potatoes to keep them fresh and make a lump-free mash potato.
What to add to mashed potatoes?
- I usually use cream cheese to increase the nutritional value of this meal and to give it a creamier texture.
- Then you can try roasted garlic paste for a soothing and aromatic taste. For a unique color and flavor, adding pesto to the mashed potatoes is another good option.
- If you can’t get your hands-on roasted garlic or any garlic paste, then garlic powder is another good option to season the mashed potatoes.
- To make it richer, add some shredded cheddar cheese while the mashed potato is still hot and let it melt well. Similarly, you can also add gouda or goat cheese.
And that’s how you can make a finger-licking delicious mash potato right in your kitchen. With this recipe, you can keep it ready to serve along with your favorite steak and entrees. So, try this garlicky and creamy mash potatoes recipe, and do not forget to write us back and leave your valuable feedback.