Mashed Potatoes are a classic and comforting side dish that has earned its place as a staple in many culinary traditions. This simple yet versatile dish is made by boiling and mashing potatoes, resulting in a smooth and creamy texture that pairs well with a variety of main courses.
To prepare mashed potatoes, potatoes are peeled, diced, and then boiled until tender. Once cooked, they are mashed with a potato masher, fork, or even processed through a potato ricer for a finer consistency. The mashed potatoes can be customized to individual taste preferences, with options for adding butter, milk, cream, or broth to achieve the desired creaminess.
Seasonings play a crucial role in enhancing the flavor profile of mashed potatoes. Common additions include salt, pepper, and garlic, but herbs like chives, thyme, or parsley can also be incorporated for a burst of freshness. The result is a versatile and delicious side dish that complements a wide range of main courses, from roast meats to vegetarian dishes.
Mashed potatoes are a quintessential part of holiday feasts, family dinners, and comfort food menus. Their adaptability makes them suitable for various occasions, and their smooth, velvety texture ensures they’re a crowd-pleaser. Whether served as a simple side or as the base for more elaborate toppings like gravy or cheese, mashed potatoes continue to be a beloved and timeless culinary favorite.
5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, or Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Optional garnish: chives, chopped
Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until fork-tender (meaning they break apart when you put a fork into a potato), approximately 15 minutes.
Drain the water. Return the potatoes to the pot. Turn the heat to high and allow the potatoes to dry for about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
Add the remaining ingredients. Begin mashing the potatoes with a potato masher. Mash until they are your desired consistency.
Serve and enjoy! Top with chives if desired.
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