This potato recipe is for mashed potatoes. Sometimes called smashed potatoes, mashed potatoes can be served with other ingredients such as mustard, garlic and nutmeg.
Ingredients – 2 portions
- 300g potatoes
- 25g butter (unsalted)
- 25ml single cream or full fat milk
- Sea salt / pepper (to taste)
- Wash, peel and rewash the potatoes and cut them into an even size.
- Place a saucepan of water on to boil. Add a little salt and the potatoes.
- Turn down the heat and simmer the potatoes until cooked. Test them by pushing a pointed knife or skewer into the potatoes. When the point goes easily into the middle of a potato, they are cooked. Depending on the size and type of potato used, this will take approx. 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and drain the potatoes into a colander and allow them to drain well.
- Return the potatoes to the saucepan, cover with a lid and return to the heat for a few moments so that the potatoes dry well.
- Meanwhile, place the cream or milk into a small saucepan, add the butter and heat gently until the butter has melted.
- Take the potatoes off the heat and, using a masher, mash the potatoes into a smooth, lump-free mixture. Add the cream and butter and mix well. Correct the seasoning and serve hot.
Mashed potatoes – hints and tips
There are many foods that can be added to mashed potatoes to give us a change from plain mash — wholegrain mustard, crushed garlic, grated cheese or a little freshly grated nutmeg, for example. Also, if you wish to make your mash more of a creamed potato, which will be a little softer, simply add a little more cream and butter until you reach the consistency you require.