How to Make Mashed Potatoes!

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How to make mashed potatoes deliciously creamy and perfect every time!

How to Make Mashed Potatoes deliciously perfect every time!

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Mashed potatoes are a staple at every turkey dinner…  and the ultimate comfort food!  They pair perfectly with steak, chicken and taste delicious topped with gravy or corn!  It’s really hard to not LOVE mashed potatoes.  But…  are yours perfect?


Here are a few secrets to ensure you not only know how to make mashed potatoes but to make sure your spuds are mouth-wateringly perfect and creamy delicious every single time!

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1.  Potatoes:  You can’t make perfect mashed potatoes without perfect potatoes.  Red potatoes are not the best choice unless you want to make Smashed Potatoes… which are great with steaks!  To get a perfectly creamy texture, the best choices are Russet or Yukon Gold (yellow) potatoes due to the high starch content.

2. Give this a try!  Don’t peel before boiling, leave those skins on a peel them once they’ve been cooked!  Leaving the skins on = less water absorbed!  This makes for both better flavor and texture!

3.  Add in 1/2 a lemon to your cooking water!  This little simple trick will stop the potatoes from breaking up resulting in creamy perfection!

4.  Preheat your additions… pop your milk, butter or cream into the microwave for a bit before adding it to your spuds.

5.  You can use a typical masher to mash your potatoes but to get the best and fluffiest lump free potatoes, use a ricer…  you won’t believe how amazingly creamy your potatoes are!

Now that you know how to make mashed potatoes that are completely  irresistible, you’ll want to be sure to make extras for these amazing recipes:

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How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Author: Holly
  • 5 pounds potatoes (Russet or Yukon Gold)
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  1. Dice potatoes into large even chunks.
  2. Boil potatoes, salt, lemon and whole garlic cloves over medium-high 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain very well in a strainer and let sit for a minute or 2.
  3. While draining, place half & half in the pan and warm over medium heat. Using a ricer, rice the potatoes and add to the pan. Stir and serve.
  1. Add potatoes to the half & half and mash using a potato masher.
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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