CREAMIEST MASHED POTATOES

Here are our tips for the lightest, fluffiest, smoothest mashed potatoes:
- Use baking potatoes.
- Mash them by passing them through a food mill. Every piece of potato goes through the mill only once so they don't turn out gluey and each piece is the same size so there is never a chance of lumps. (Never use a food processor!)
- Be sure that any liquid you add is hot whether it is milk, cream, chicken stock or the potato cooking liquid.
A food mill purees and strains at the same time so you can also use it for applesauce and tomato sauce (cook with the peels, seeds, cores, etc and then when you pass it through the food mill, the seeds, cores and peels will be strained out.) It’s great for soups and raspberry sauce too.

Here are our tips for the lightest, fluffiest, smoothest mashed potatoes: - Use baking potatoes. - Mash them by passing them through a food mill. Every piece of potato goes through the mill only once so they don't turn out gluey and each piece is the same size so there is never a chance of lumps. (Never use a food processor!) - Be sure that any liquid you add is hot whether it is milk, cream, chicken stock or the potato cooking liquid. A food mill purees and strains at the same time so you can also use it for applesauce and tomato sauce (cook with the peels, seeds, cores, etc and then when you pass it through the food mill, the seeds, cores and peels will be strained out.) It’s great for soups and raspberry sauce too.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (Russets)
  • 1 cup milk, hot
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste
  • freshly ground white (or black) pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Method

  1. Place potatoes in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Add about 1 tsp salt. Cook 20 to 25 minutes until very tender.
  2. Drain potatoes well. For really smooth mashed potatoes, pass them through a food mill.  Add enough milk, 1/4 cup at a time so that the potatoes are the texture you wish and then add butter, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chives.

CREAMIEST MASHED POTATOES

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