To prepare mashed potatoes, all you have to do is peel the potatoes, boil them, add various ingredients, and then mash the potatoes. You can also skip peeling the potato skins for added flavor. If you want to know more about how to make mashed potatoes, just follow these steps
Simple Mashed Potato
- 700 gram Yukon Gold Potato
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 120 ml milk
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 4 parsley sprigs for garnish
Method 1 of 2: Preparing Simple Mashed Potatoes
Step 1. Peel the potatoes
After you wash the potatoes thoroughly in cold water, use a sharp knife or potato peeler to peel the skin off. You can also unpeel the skin on the Yukon Gold or red skin potatoes, if you prefer, but the skin on the baked potato should be peeled.
Step 2. Boil the potatoes in a large pot of water
First, boil the water separately, add a pinch of salt. The pot should be big enough to fit all the potatoes without making them pile up. When the water starts to boil, add the potatoes and cook in the covered pot for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. To check if the potatoes are soft, stick a fork into the potatoes and see if they are soft enough when they slide off the fork. When the potatoes are cooked, remove the water from the pot and transfer the potatoes to a plate.
Step 3. Mash the potatoes as you add the other ingredients
Start mashing the potatoes and add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 120 ml of milk while mashing. This will make your potatoes richer and creamier and will also make them easier to crush. A potato masher is an ideal tool for mashing potatoes, but you can also use a large fork, a whisk, or a wooden spoon.
- You can also crush potatoes with the following tools: a wire grinder, stainless steel masher, ricer, or electric mixer.
- Do not puree the potatoes in a food processor, as your potatoes will become mushy, sticky and messy.
Step 4. Add the spices and put the potatoes in a bowl
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and enough pepper to add flavor to the potatoes.
Step 5. Serve
Garnish the mashed potatoes with 4 sprigs of parsley and enjoy while hot.
Method 2 of 2: Preparing Other Assorted Types of Mashed Potatoes
Step 1. Make buttered mashed potatoes
To make this type of mashed potato, simply add unsalted butter and chicken stock to the Yukon Gold potatoes.
Step 2. Make the potatoes grow garlic
To make these flavorful mashed potatoes, you can use any type of potato and simply add garlic, or add garlic along with olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and various other ingredients.
Step 3. Make wasabi mashed potatoes
Make these mashed potatoes using wasabi powder, garlic and vegetable stock.
Step 4. Make Russian mashed potatoes
To make these mashed potatoes, make mashed potatoes from red potatoes without peeling the skin and add 240 ml of sour cream, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 35 grams of chopped dill for every 500 grams of potatoes.
- Make sure you turn off the stove when you remove the potatoes from the stove (heat hazard).
- Don't overcook the potatoes.
- You don't have to add pepper, salt, or butter. It's just that it tastes better if you add these ingredients.
- Make sure you stir the ingredients until they are evenly mixed into the potatoes.