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    Default 15 Different Ways To Make Mashed Potatoes

    How to Make Better Mashed Potatoes

    Includes a guide for making
    15 different kinds of mashed potatoes!

    For Thanksgiving and other traditional events at our house, we whip up a big pot of mashed potatoes. Often we load them with butter and cream cheese, add a little milk, and whip them into a light and fluffy mass.

    There are three ways to make mashed potatoes: You can mash then by hand with a hand potato masher, whip them with an electric mixer, and rice them with a potato ricer. What’s the best way?

    We love the texture created by a potato ricer or a food mill. They both work on the same principle: they force mashed potatoes through a metal plate with small holes. A hand potato masher leaves a bit of texture to the potatoes with an occasional lump. The quickest way to mash potatoes is with an electric mixer. An electric mixer whips potatoes into a smooth, light, fluffy consistency. The rap on using an electric mixer is that it makes for gooey, gluey, mashed potatoes. Entraining air into mashed potatoes does make them a little gooey but we don’t find them offensive even though we prefer riced potatoes. We often resort to the electric mixer because it is the quickest way to process a tub full of boiled potatoes.

    How to Mash Potatoes
    Making basic mashed potatoes is simple. Start with good quality potatoes, potatoes that are fresh and free from bruises. Choose a heavy pot that will disperse heat well and that is large enough to hold your potatoes with ample water so that it will not boil over. Your potatoes will cook quicker if you place a lid on the pot.

    Unless you are making skin-on mashed potatoes with red potatoes, peel your potatoes, cut them into chunks, and place them in the pot of water. If you leave your potatoes exposed to air, they will change color. Add salt to the water, about one teaspoon per gallon of water and potatoes.

    Boil your potatoes until they are tender when poked with a fork. Two pounds of potatoes boiled on medium-high heat will take about 15 minutes after boiling starts, to cook but will vary depending on the pot, the quantity of water, size of the cut potatoes, and the stove. Drain the potatoes, then put them back into the pot over VERY low heat to evaporate any excess liquid. This will dry the potatoes.

    Mash your potatoes immediately. You can use a hand masher, a hand-held electric mixer, your stand-type mixer, or a potato ricer. For creamy mashed potatoes, add milk as you beat or use one of the recipes below. A good rule of thumb is to use about 2/3 cup milk for every 2 to 3 pounds of potatoes. You can use a mixture of cream and milk, if desired. Add butter or margarine to the hot, dry potatoes, keeping them over very low heat. Mash with your preferred method—by hand, with an electric mixer, or with a ricer--until the butter is melted and the potatoes are very smooth.

    Many recipes call for heating the milk and melting the butter before adding to the potatoes. You can easily do so in the microwave and it will help to keep your potatoes hot. We usually don’t bother if we are beating the potatoes immediately after cooking.

    Place your mashed potatoes in a serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve. The plastic wrap will keep them warm. After dinner, immediately refrigerate your potatoes. They will keep covered in the refrigerator for three to five days.

    A Guide to 15 Different Kinds of Mashed Potatoes
    Mashed potatoes don’t have to be bland, something to pile gravy on. They can be adventuresome—anything from garlic mashed potatoes to cream cheese mashed potatoes. Here we will give you two recipes plus directions to make thirteen other kinds of mashed potatoes.

    Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    2 pounds potatoes
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 cup grated Romano cheese
    1 tablespoon oregano
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    salt and pepper

    Wash potatoes and boil until tender and soft. Mash them using the method that you prefer adding the butter, cheese, oregano, and garlic as you mash. Salt and pepper to taste.

    Sunday Dinner Potatoes

    1/2 c. chopped onions
    2 pounds potatoes
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 cup grated cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup sour cream
    salt and pepper

    Cook the chopped onions in the microwave until they are translucent and tender. Set aside.
    Wash potatoes and boil until tender and soft. Mash them using the method that you prefer adding the butter, cheese, and sour cream as you mash. Salt and pepper to taste.

    13 More Ways to Make Mashed Potoates
    Bacon and Cheese Mashed Potatoes
    Fry bacon slices or cook them in the microwave. Use kitchen shears to snip the bacon into 1/4-inch bits. Add 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese, five slices of bacon, and 1/2 cup milk or cream for each two pounds of potatoes. If you like, you can sprinkle additional shredded cheese over the top of the potatoes in the serving dish.

    Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Beat in 4 ounces of cream cheese, two tablespoons butter, and 1/4 cup milk for each two pounds of potatoes or to taste.

    Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Beat in two cloves garlic, sautéed or roasted plus 1/2 cup milk, 2/3 cup grated cheese, and 2 tablespoons butter for each two pounds of potatoes.

    Skins-on Mashed Potatoes
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above but use thin-skinned red potatoes. Beat in two cloves garlic, sautéed or roasted plus 1/2 cup milk and 3 tablespoons butter for each two pounds of potatoes.

    Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Beat in 1/4 cup horseradish and 3/4 cup cream for every two pounds of potatoes or to taste.
    This ratio of horseradish to potatoes will provide some “kick”. Our son, Nathan, worked at an upscale restaurant and he brought this recipe home.

    Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
    We like the tang of buttermilk in our potatoes married with fresh creamery butter. Use about 3/4 cup buttermilk and three tablespoons butter for each two pounds of potatoes or to taste. You will need a balance of butter to buttermilk in this recipe.

    Mashed Potatoes with Shallots
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Thinly slice shallots and sauté the onion in butter. Add two small shallots, 3/4 cup cream or milk, and three tablespoons butter for each two pounds of potatoes.

    Onion Mashed Potatoes
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Finely chop a sweet onion such as Vandalia. Sauté the onion in butter in a skillet or microwave it until tender. Add about one-half of a medium onion, 3/4 cup cream or milk, and three tablespoons butter for each two pounds of potatoes.

    Mashed Potatoes with Chives
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Add 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives or two tablespoons dried chives, 3/4 cup cream or milk, and three tablespoons butter for each two pounds of potatoes.

    French Onion Mashed Potatoes
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Add 1/2 cup French onion dip, 1/2 cup milk or cream, and 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese for each two pounds of potatoes.

    Mashed Potatoes with Green Onions
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Add 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions, 3/4 cup cream or milk, and three tablespoons butter for each two pounds of potatoes.

    Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Add 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese, two tablespoons butter, and 1/2 cup milk or cream for each two pounds of potatoes. If you like, you can sprinkle additional shredded cheese over the top of the potatoes in the serving dish.

    Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
    Make mashed potatoes as directed above. Beat in 3/4 cup sour cream and two tablespoons butter for each two pounds of raw potatoes or to taste.
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    LOVE me some mashed potatoes... no matter HOW they're made!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvs2eat View Post
    LOVE me some mashed potatoes... no matter HOW they're made!!
    ONLY THING BETTER THAN MASHED TATERS, IS LEFTOVER MASHED TATERS FOR TATER PANCAKES!!!
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    Default Re: 15 Different Ways To Make Mashed Potatoes

    We use the good old fashioned potato masher.

    They're a family favorite and in demand at our house!

    You can top them with almost anything and they're awesome!

    My girls like them so much they don't put anything on them at all! Just eat them plain as is!
    I guess that's a compliment!

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    Default Re: 15 Different Ways To Make Mashed Potatoes

    I bake the potatoes and scoop out the innards for mashing. Then I have the jackets for potato skins.

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    I've gotten lazy and just make Simply Potatoes.
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    Question Re: 15 Different Ways To Make Mashed Potatoes

    Sis, do you feel like Bubba Gump on Mashed Potatoes???
    LOL!((((( Sorry I couldn't resist!)))))
    Thanks for the recipes and great tips!
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    There's Been Several Requests In Rr Lately About How Do You Make Yours, And This Was An Email I Got Today, So I Thought I'd Post It. I Don't Even Peel Mind, I Wash Them, Chop Them, Boil Them, Drain 'em, Put Some Cream Cheese And/or Sourcream In There And Mash Them With Masher. Sometimes I'll Add Chedder Cheese.
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    I LOVE them too and I am glad that you shared with us!
    Thanks again!
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    Well, like I said before I am so surprised that some people don't peel the potatoes. I will have to try them like that...just never heard of it.

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