Simple Garlic Mashed Potatoes - 4-Qt. Pressure Cooker

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READY IN: 18mins
Recipe by KateL

Entered for safe-keeping, from Kuhn Rikon's "Quick Cuisine. If you want a more robust garlic flavor, roast one head of garlic, drizzled with olive oil and wrapped with foil, in a 350-degree-F oven for 45 minutes. Use a potato ricer, food mill or potato masher, or even a fork to mash, but do not use a food processor, as the potatoes will become "gluey". The smallest size pressure cooker K-R recommends for this recipe is 4-quarts. The benefit of the p.c. is getting steamed potatoes, keeping more of the nutrients than if you boiled or microwaved the potatoes. Of course, you can gussy up these mashed potatoes to your heart's content. Yukon Gold, or other waxy potatoes recommended for boiling, do not absorb as much water and result in a more flavorful end product, but can be difficult to obtain a really smooth texture without turning them to glue (but they're great for "lumpy" mashed potatoes). Idaho and russet potatoes have a mealier texture that lends to a smoother texture, if that is desired. (It's a waste of money to use new potatoes for this recipe.) This recipe was developed for a 15 psi p.c. As always, check your p.c. manual for its suggested cooking time. Do not use a quick release method for potatoes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place a trivet in the bottom of a 4-quart or larger pressure cooker. Add water and potatoes.
  2. Secure lid and over high heat reach high pressure. Adjust heat to stabilize pressure. Time from moment high pressure has been reached, cooking for 8-10 minutes. (Check at 8 minutes; if not done, recover and bring up to pressure for additional time.).
  3. Remove from heat and allow pressure to drop naturally, per your p.c. manual.
  4. Drain potatoes into a colander and let stand for a minute to dry excess moisture.
  5. Put potatoes through a potato ricer, food mill, or mash with a potato masher and transfer to a warmed serving dish.
  6. Add warmed milk, 1/4 cup at a time, while beating, until the potatoes are creamy.
  7. Add garlic and butter and beat until blended.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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