How to Make Amazing Homemade Mashed Potatoes
I am always surprised by the number of people who have only eaten boxed mashed potatoes. So I decided to share my super easy homemade mashed potato recipe (Okay, it's actually my dad's recipe, but whose counting?). They only take about twenty five minutes to make, and most of that time is waiting for the potatoes to cook!
What You Need
This is my super easy recipe so I use red potatoes because the skins don't have to be removed, but you can always use different potatoes.
- Half a stick of butter
- Small tub of sour cream
- splash of milk (you can skip this if you want)
- 5 or 6 medium to large red potatoes
- salt and pepper
You will also need a big pot to boil the potatoes, a knife and chopping board, but I am guessing most people have those already!
First, chop up the potatoes, keep in mind the smaller you cut them up the quicker they cook. Again, I use red potatoes so they do not have to be peeled. You can peel them if you like, but it is really not necessary. While you are chopping, go ahead and put your water on to boil. The amount of water isn't really important, just make sure the potatoes are covered and have room to move so they don't stick to the bottom.
Cooking takes the longest, but luckily you don't have to do anything! Let the potatoes boil for about twenty minutes while you check your facebook page or walk the dog. When done, the potatoes should be soft and easily broken apart with a wooden spoon.
Season and Mix!
- Drain the water from the potatoes.
- Set the pot back on the same stove burner, but turn the burner off. The extra heat will help the other ingredients mix and keep your mashed potatoes hot.
- Add two tablespoons of butter and two table spoons of sour cream
- Use a wooden spoon to stir and mash the ingredients together (you can use an electric wisk if you prefer, but the wooden spoon works just fine)
- Add salt, pepper to taste.
- Add just a splash of mik
- Stir and mash until relatively smooth.
Season to taste
Everyone likes something a little different, so if you get to this step and they still don't taste quite perfect, here is what to add to make them yummy!
- For creamier potatoes, add more sour cream.
- If they are too dry, add another splash of milk.
- Too bland? Add more butter and/or more salt.
Just remember you can always add more, but you can't take anything out so taste often!
A Little Something Extra
Want to jazz up plain old mashed potatoes? Try these yummy additions.
- Cheese (it makes everything better!)
- Bacon bits
- Diced garlic or garlic powder
- Giblet gravy
- Salsa (sounds weird, but so good!)
- Chorizo (or any diced sausage)
- Diced jalepenos
- sauteed onions and mushrooms
- ranch dressing
- cream cheese (for super creamy potatoes)
- french onion package (like what you would mix with sour cream to make french onion dip)
There you have it! Enjoy your homemade mashed potatoes!
Want to make delicious mac and cheese from scratch? http://danielleantosz.hubpages.com/hub/Dads-Homemade-Mac-N-Cheese