Easy, Delicious Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe
Who doesn't like mashed potatoes? Ok, maybe there are some, but I'm not one of them! I recently published a recipe for easy pork chops with creamy mushroom gravy, in which I mentioned I would be writing this hub to go along with it. Voila! One creamy mashed potato recipe at your disposal.
There's nothing like a pile of super amazing, soothingly creamy, warm mashed potatoes to make any dish into the perfect comfort food. They could be on top of Shepherd's Pie, some sort of casserole, or simply a yummy pile of them as a side to whatever you're eating. Cover them in gravy and you've got yourself a side that I'd eat as a main dish.
If you've read some of my other recipe hubs you may start to notice a trend. My love for cooking stems from my lack of taste-full experiences as a child. Growing up my mashed potatoes were exactly that. Potatoes - mashed, nothing added. While I do absolutely love plain food the way nature intended it, variety turns food into fun. So here is the recipe for creamy mashed potatoes for your fun, cooking enjoyment.
4 - 5 potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
3 large, rounded T of butter (not the measuring spoon, the silverware spoon)
1 large, rounded (heaping) T of sour cream (again with the silverware spoon)
1/8 c of cream or milk (the thicker the better. If you have whipping cream (30-36% MF) it's your best choice)
salt to taste
Fill a medium - large sized pot 1/2 way with water, and bring to a boil
Put the chopped potatoes into the boiling water
Boil until tender (test with a fork)
Remove from the stove, drain and place back in the pot
Add the butter, and with a potato masher (or electric mixer for whipped potatoes) mash the potatoes and the butter very well
Add the sour cream and mash (or beat) again, this time mashing a few times, then stirring (sounds weird but yes, stirring) with the potato masher, and repeating this until everything is well blended
Add the cream or milk and repeat the mashing and stirring (or beating) until you reach your desired consistency
Add the salt (usually about 1/8 of a teaspoon - the measuring spoon) to taste
But Wait - There's More!
This potato recipe is fully customizable. So for those of you who are craving something specific to go along with your dish, here are a few suggestions for what you could add:
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed or minced
- 1/4 t of garlic powder
- 1/4 t of onion powder
- dash of thyme
- cook the potatoes in a 1:3 mixture of chicken or beef broth, and water
- replace the sour cream with plain cream cheese
- add 1 T of Romano or Parmesan cheese
- add any combination of dashes of spices and herbs you might like
- add onion soup mix
I wouldn't recommend combining all of those suggestions at once, but if you want to spice up your potatoes those are definitely a few ways to go about it. If not, you can't go wrong sticking with the classic recipe.
Voila! Creamy mashed potatoes for all of your culinary needs.