Basic Mashed Potatoes
You can use any kind of potato in this recipe. I personally prefer russet potatoes. This recipe is from The Best of Casual American Cooking. I have also altered it by using evaporated milk instead of half and half. There is a little bit of extra effort involved in this recipe, but well worth it.
- Ready In:
- 3 3 lbs yellow-fleshed potatoes or 3 lbs baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt, plus any additional salt to taste
- 1⁄3 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup half-and-half, plus
- 2 tablespoons half-and-half, heated
- white pepper
- In a large bowl, combine the potato pieces with water to cover and let stand for 5 minutes to remove excess starch, then drain.
- Bring a large sauce-pan 3/4 full of water to a boil.
- Add the 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and the potatoes and return to a boil until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.
- Drain well and return to the empty pan.
- Place the pan over high heat and, turning the potatoes to prevent scorching, heat to evaporate the moisture, 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat.
- Using a potato masher, mash until potatoes are almost smooth.
- Add the butter, mash, and the half-and-half, a little at a time, switching to a spoon when the potatoes are smooth.
- The potatoes should be creamy but not soupy.
- Season to taste with salt and white pepper, transfer to a warmed serving dish and serve immediately.