Fall, and all of the yummy foods associated with the breezy season, are just around the corner! Before you know it, October will bring sweets and November will bring treats. Treats such as… mashed potatoes. But, you don’t have to wait until then to make some of the best potatoes in history. Keep reading for our favorite recipe for fluffy potatoes that’ll surely impress your friends and family!
Here’s the fun part! Head to the store and take this list with you: 5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, 2 cups milk or half and half, 1 stick (8 tablespoons) salted butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper, and a handful of snipped chives for the topping.
The Real Deal
Since there are essentially two different recipes depending on your mixing tool (see below for how to pick!) we’ll get you started and then let you use the recipe to whichever option you pick on your own.
Start off by peeling and cutting your potatoes. They need to be in small, 1 1/2″ pieces. Make sure they are all the same size so they cook evenly. Drop them into a 4-6 qt. pot and add cold water until they are covered. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of salt on top. Let the water begin to boil, then turn it back down to simmer. After 20 minutes of simmering, drain them to reduce moisture and then put them back into the pot. Now, you’re ready to follow the recipe depending on whichever option you choose.
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How To Mash?
There are two main ways to mash and whip your potatoes, and they are both proven effective, so it’s more just a matter of preference. If you choose to use a hand mixer, you will find yourself with super creamy, dreamy potatoes. There might be some lumps, but if you’re OK with that, it might be worth it for the convenience of being able to mash the potatoes where you boil them instead of having to transfer to another location and dirtying another dish. A stand mixer does require moving the potatoes to another bowl, but it gives you creaminess and fluff with minimal bumps and has more of a whippy texture.
Enjoy this side dish with your loved ones this week!
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