Perfect Mashed Potatoes
- In a large saucepan cook potatoes, covered, in lightly salted boiling water for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender; drain. Press through a ricer, mash with a potato masher, or beat with an electric mixer on low speed.* Add the 1/4 cup butter, the salt, and pepper. Gradually beat in milk to make mixture light and fluffy. If desired, serve with additional butter and snipped chives.
From the Test Kitchen
If you leave the peel on the potatoes, use a potato masher rather than the mixer to mash the potatoes.
Prepare Perfect Mashed Potatoes (or Boursin Mashed Potatoes, Blue Cheese-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes, or Buttermilk-Bacon Mashed Potatoes) as directed. Transfer to a bowl. Cool slightly. Cover tightly; chill for 24 to 48 hours. Place potato mixture in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until heated through. Stir before serving. Or place cooled potato mixture in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Cover tightly; chill for 24 to 48 hours. To serve, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover; bake about 1-1/4 hours or until heated through.
Boursin Mashed Potatoes:
Prepare as directed, except beat in two 5.2-ounce packages semisoft cheese with garlic and fine herbs with the milk until smooth and creamy. If desired, beat in 1/4 cup fresh snipped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley. Nutrition Facts per serving: 270 cal., 5 g protein, 26 g carb., 18 g total fat (12 g sat. fat), 15 mg chol., 3 g dietary fiber, 4% vit. A, 45% vit. C, 455 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 6% iron
Blue Cheese-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes:
Prepare as directed, except beat in one 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened, and an additional 2/3 cup milk until smooth and creamy. Beat in 2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese and 2 teaspoons snipped fresh rosemary. Nutrition Facts per serving: 215 cal., 6 g protein, 25 g carb., 11 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 30 mg chol., 3 g dietary fiber, 7% vit. A, 45% vit. C, 433 mg sodium, 9% calcium, 6% iron
Buttermilk-Bacon Mashed Potatoes:
Prepare as directed, except replace milk with buttermilk or sour milk. Stir in 1/2 cup crisp-cooked crumbled bacon (about 8 slices) and 1/3 cup finely chopped green onions. Nutrition Facts per serving: 188 cal., 6 g protein, 25 g carb., 8 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 20 mg chol., 3 g dietary fiber, 4% vit. A, 46% vit. C, 439 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 7% iron
Prepare Perfect Mashed Potatoes as directed. Cover and chill leftover potatoes overnight or until thoroughly chilled. Use your hands to mix 1-1/2 cups mashed potatoes; 1 egg, lightly beaten; and 2 tablespoons chopped green onion (1). Place 1/2 cup flour in a shallow dish. Form 1/4 cup potato mixture into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Dip both sides of patty in flour. Repeat with remaining potato mixture. In a large skillet heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium heat. Add patties; cook for 8 minutes or until golden, turning patties once (if necessary, work in batches). Makes 6 patties. Nutrition Facts per patty: 162 cal., 3 g protein, 16 g carb., 9 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 40 mg chol., 1 g dietary fiber, 2% vit. A, 16% vit. C, 106 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 6% iron
Prepare Perfect Mashed Potatoes as directed, except cook 3 cloves garlic, halved, with the potatoes. Beat in 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg with the butter. Reduce milk to 2 to 4 tablespoons and add salt and ground white pepper to taste. Cool slightly. Beat in 2 eggs and 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese on low speed. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, pipe potatoes into eight mounds on prepared baking pan. (Or spoon eight mounds onto baking pan.) Drizzle mounds with 2 tablespoons melted butter. If desired, sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 8 servings. Nutrition Facts per serving: 249 cal., 7 g protein, 31 g carb., 11 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 81 mg chol., 4 g dietary fiber, 7% vit. A, 56% vit. C, 224 mg sodium, 9% calcium, 9% iron
Nutrition Facts (Perfect Mashed Potatoes)
- Per serving:
- 154 kcal ,
- 5 g fat
- (3 g sat. fat ,
- 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
- 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
- 14 mg chol. ,
- 280 mg sodium ,
- 25 g carb. ,
- 3 g fiber ,
- 2 g sugar ,
- 3 g pro.