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Mashed potatoes my way

Updated on November 22, 2011

Quick and easy recipe

Do you like mashed potatoes? I know I do. Today I prepared a really easy recipe which is pretty quick to make too! I just thought I'd share it with you since Thanksgiving is coming up this week.


8 medium sized baking potatoes (or any other potatoes)

large microwavable bowl or large boiling pot

milk or heavy cream


black pepper

ginger and garlic powder

chilli or cayenne pepper powder

cinnamon powder


Wash the potatoes. In the large microwavable bowl, place the potatoes and cover with enough water so that water is above the potatoes. Put in microwave and boil for about 40 minutes (yes, 40 minutes). Once boiled, you can choose to peel them or keep the skin on. I usually leave the skin on for fiber. Then, start mashing with a fork while the potatoes are still hot. It helps for easier mashing. Once the potatoes have been about 3/4 mashed, add milk or heavy cream until the potatoes have the consistency of mush. Then add about a tablespoon of each spice or to your taste. Keep mashing. Let cool and then serve.

Serves about 6-7 people.


In your large boiling pot, boil the potatoes. Then transfer to large bowl and follow the above procedure.

I have frozen some of the potatoes because it is just my husband and I this Thanksgiving. So we will have more than plenty. You are welcome to come join us for dinner!

As always, comments, thoughts and ideas are welcomed!


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      rlaha 5 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi lawdoctorlee.

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you can add almost any spice to your mashed potatoes to spice it up. Thank you for the vote!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Wow...sounds awesome! I never thought of ginger, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Will try that next time I make mashed potatoes.

      Voted up!

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      rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      You are welcome! Hope you enjoy it!

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      aboutaustralia 6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Sounds so yummy I'm going to try it tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

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      rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      It is actually quite tasty :). Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Wow, I never thought about putting cinnamon in mashed potatoes - that sounds kind of cool.

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      rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thank you! If you need more spice you can always put more cayenne or red chilli powder in the mashed potatoes. Happy Eating!

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      Xenonlit 6 years ago

      I will be eating more mashed potatoes with garlic and ginger, that's for sure. Great recipe.

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      rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      @frogyfish: No problem! Enjoy!

      @justtom: Great! Hope you enjoy them, and yes, I was supposed to be making you hungry! :)

      @Everyone: Hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Sounds good, I'll be having them tomorrow. My favorite uses half an half and garlic. I use garlic in almost everything. The ginger I tend to use with pork for some reason (along with the cayenne). Now I'm hungry, see what you've done? :-P Have a great Thanksgiving! Peace!! Tom

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Ginger? Interesting! I'll have to try that sometime. Thanks for your recommendation.

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      rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Hi Hubertsvoice- you can put in whatever you like in your mashed potatoes. That is the beauty of it :). Sorry to hear that you are allergic to ginger. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family!

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      Hubertsvoice 6 years ago

      Tasty article except for the ginger. I seem to have some sort of allergy to it. I love the other ingreients. Thank you for the idea. Happy Thanksgiving.

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      rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Ginger and garlic in mashed potatoes are so yummy! Good luck! Let me know how it turns out! Thanks for the comments!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I'm on my way -- oops TN is too far away. I haven't tried ginger in mashed potatoes before. Will have to try it.