Sunday, August 23, 2009

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a basic must know in my house. With so many long winter months it is the perfect comfort accompaniment to those winter meals.
Every one has their own idea of what the perfect consistancy of mashed potatoes is... sloppy... firm and chunky.. I say.. do whatever you like.. as long as the flavor is good. Here is a basic recipe to work from.
6 Small Potatoes or 4 large - peeled and cubed evenly into medium sized pieces
(keep all your pieces the same size so they cook through at the same time)
1/4 cup butter cubed into little pieces
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated cheese

Mix milk and cream together. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender all the way through.
Drain in a colander. Add the potatoes to a large bowl you can mix in. While potatoes are still hot mix in the butter pieces. Add about a tablespoon of your milk mixture and then with electric mixer start mashing potatoes. Gradually add in more of the milk/cream until reaching the consistency you desire. Every batch is different so feel free to add more or less milk. Mix in cheese while it is still warm enough to melt through and then taste and add salt as needed.
Serve steaming hot !!!!

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