I've never quite understood why
someone would buy dehydrated potato powder from a mix to make mashed
potatoes. It's sooo easy and the taste is a million times better.
Let's get started!
In a medium-sized pot, bring salted
water to a boil. Cut your potatoes into equally sized pieces, about
1/2 inch thick (2cm). Toss them in the boiling water, stirring
occasionally, until you can easily break them with a fork. It takes
about 15–20 minutes or so, depending on how big your pieces are.
Strain the excess water out and return
to your pot with the stovetop on low. At this point you'll want
to add the butter and as much salt as you need to the hot potatoes.
Obviously if you use unsalted butter you'll
have to add more. Mash together with a potato masher (or
a fork) until even. Add the cream to give it a nicer consistency.
You're done! I like to add a little
bit of cayenne pepper and green garlic as a garnish if it is in
season. You can also alter this recipe with some roasted garlic,
or by using different kinds of potatoes. Those purple ones at
the market make a great mashed potato dish for your kids!
Now wasn't that easy?
Don't let me catch you using mashed potato mix ever again!
Mashed potatoes are actually very healthy and can be slimmed up
easily by using milk instead of cream, and only a little
bit of margarine or olive oil!