Mashed potatoes

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)


  1. Wash, peel and rewash the potatoes and cut them into an even size.
  2. Place a saucepan of water on to boil.  Add a little salt and the potatoes.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from the heat and drain the potatoes into a colander and allow them to drain well.
  5. 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.
  6. Meanwhile, place the cream or milk into a small saucepan, add the butter and heat gently until the butter has melted.
  7. 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.

Watch these mashed potatoes being cooked

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