Making Mashed Potatoes
...mmmmm... mashed potatoes....
One of the most popular ways to cook potatoes is to mash them. This lens offers information about types of potatoes, how to keep and store them, and lots of recipe variations for homestyle, low-fat and fancy mashed potatoes.
Mashed potatoes are a favorite dish during the fall and winter, and they go great with all sorts of entrees. They can accompany chicken, beef, pork or fish equally as well. And they are a fantastic leftover, so don't be afraid to make a lot of them!
Do The Mashed Potato!
It was buying vegetables at farmer's markets that first made me start to think of mashed potatoes differently. Growing up, I probably would have told you that all potatoes were large brown lumpy shapes that you ate during the winter.
However, at the farmer's market, I found golden, red, blue and purple potatoes. And the growers would often suggest different ways of cooking them. And I could buy as many or as few as I wanted, so more were eaten and less sprouted in my cupboard.
I also let go of the idea that mashed potatoes had to be pure white and fluffy. After all, the best vitamins are found in potato skins, so if you peel that part off, you've taken a lot of nutrition away from your spuds. I prefer the "smashed" potato, where the skins are left on and mashed right in with the rest of it. The superfine puree you get at fancy restaurants can be okay, but too often I miss having some actual texture in there.
Mashed Potato Cookbook
What about Green Potatoes?
If the potato skin is green, throw it out, it's moldy and/or unhealthy to eat.
If the skin looks ok, but you see a faint greenish tint when you cut it open, the potato was stored in too much light and most-likely now tastes bitter so you won't want to eat those either.
Understanding Your Potato - how to pick a good mashing potato
Potatoes come in a LOT of varieties. Learn what types of potatoes work best for mashing!
- Cook's Thesaurus: Potatoes
Potatoes with a high starch content, like russets, bake well and yield light and fluffy mashed potatoes. Those with a low starch content, like red-skinned potatoes, hold their shape after cooking, and are great for making potato salads and scalloped
- Yahoo! Answers - Which are the best potatoes to use for making mashed potatoes: Red, new, russet or
Which are the best potatoes to use for making mashed potatoes: Red, new, russet or gold?
- Potato Nutrition & History
Types and Varieties of Potato
Fantastic Fresh Potatoes
Old-School Mashed Potato Recipes
Unpeeled, lumpy or smashed, these recipes produce what is often called "homestyle" mashed potatoes.
- Springs Homestyle Mashed Potatoes Recipe
We like our mashed potatoes lumpy so that is how we make them.
- Ginger Smashed Potatoes with Dill - Potato Recipes
Recipe for Ginger Smashed Potatoes With Dill - Food Reference Recipes - cooking tips, trivia, food posters & art, culinary schools, food festivals, cookbooks
- Garlic Bacon Cheddar Smashed Potatoes Recipe
These decadent mashed potatoes make a super change from boring plain old mashed potatoes, while not being too weird for children to enjoy. This recipe also uses common ingredients (no searching for goat cheese or seaweed to make this recipe) and is q
- Making Mashed Potatoes
The method we are illustrating is only one example. It's no secret that mashed potatoes taste better to many people when they are made with lots of cream and butter, so we don't skimp on the butter and cream in this illustration! Keep in mind that yo
- Howstuffworks "Country-Style Mashed Potatoes"
Make the best Country-Style Mashed Potatoes with this easy recipe. Find thousands of free, expert-tested, printable recipes on HowStuffWorks.com
- How to Make Great Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes, learn how to prepare great mashed potatoes in your kitchen simply and effectively.
Mashed potato videos - follow-along video instructions
Healthy & Low-Fat Recipes for Mashed Potatoes
For those of you who are looking for a recipe that is lower in fat and calories, check out these variations! There are also some great vegan mashed potato options.
- LIVING : Side Dishes : Healthy Mashed-Potatoes : DIY Network
A typical recipe for garlic mashed potatoes would produce a dish with about 200 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving. By contrast, our potatoes should have about 120 calories and only contain about 1.5 grams of fat for the same serving size
- Thanksgiving Recipes: Mashed Potatoes
Cut down on extra calories this Thanksgiving by serving this healthy mashed-potato side dish.
- Garlic mashed potatoes
Garlic mashed potatoes - one of many healthy recipes from Mayo Clinic.
- Recipe for healthy mashed-potatoes without butter or margarine.
Although this works out to 4-5 grams of fat per serving, it is not the hydrogenated fat of commercial margarine or the animal fat of butter. Experiment with reducing canola oil and increasing soya milk if you wish to lower fat.
- The Vegan Chef - Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes - Vegan Recipes
The home page for chef Beverly Lynn Bennett, featuring deliciously healthy and innovative vegan recipes, as well as a vegan message board. As a vegan, Beverly doesn't use any dairy products in any of her recipes, and they aren't missed at all.
- Whole Foods Market : Recipes : Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes
This vegan version uses unsweetened soymilk, rice milk or vegetable stock instead of milk or half-and-half.
For A Smoother Mash:
1.Peel the potatoes.
2.Make sure they are cooked all the way through.
3.Mash with a ricer or puree in a blender.
4.Add more milk.
Fancy-Schmancy Mashed Potato Recipes
Here are some mashed potato recipes where the preparation and the ingredients get fancier than the everyday mashed spud.
- Roasted Garlic and Basil Smashed Potatoes Recipe: Recipes: Food Network
Enjoy this Roasted Garlic and Basil Smashed Potatoes recipe from Sara's Secrets
- Mashed potatoes with sage and white cheddar cheese
Find delicious cheese recipes, like mashed potatoes with sage and white cheddar cheese, and other American recipes at Epicurious.com
- Perfect Entertaining - Recipe for Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes.
These potatoes are silky smooth, with no lumps, and are rich with butter and milk or cream resulting in a light and fluffy dish that is just fantastic.
- Golden Mashed Potatoes with Truffle Butter Recipe | Food & Wine
A recipe for Golden Mashed Potatoes with Truffle Butter. Dishes created by Food & Wine Magazine and top chefs.
- Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe - LoveToKnow Recipes
The process for making potatoes purÃ©e is the most dependable and consistent method for getting creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes. And, of course, if you are making a loaded mashed potatoes recipe, you want to start with the best potato purÃ©e you cou
- Roast Shallot and Potato Puree with Red Pepper
GMA Recipe: Roast Shallot and Potato Puree with Red Pepper from Charlie Palmer on Good Morning America.
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