Mashed potatoes: a sidedish taken to the next level

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When I was younger, we’d only eat mashed potatoes in a “hotchpot”, which is supposed to be a mash of vegetables and potatoes. If I ate at someone else’s house we’d often get mashed potatoes out of a package, which contains no love at all. Naturally I began seeing mashed potatoes as this boring side dish or component of a meal.

Until I started living on my own. I made mashed potatoes a little while ago, decided to give it some extra love and BAM! it was by far one of the best things I had ever tasted. It was creamy, flavourful, delicious and so comforting it was like a hug in a pan. The boyfriend kept on laughing because I was eating it straight out of the pan with an expression of pure love on my face….

Next level mashed potatoes

One word: butter.

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What you need for 2 persons as a sidedish:

  • Potatoes, 3 large
  • Milk, 100 ml
  • Butter, 25g (if this is a special occasion: use 50 at least!)
  • Fresh herbs, I like to use chives, 3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper

What you need to do:

  • Peel the potatoes and cut them in even chunks. Boil them for around 20 minutes, until they are soft but not falling apart.
  • Drain the water and let them sit for 2 minutes to evaporate the remaining water.
  • Using a masher or a fork, mash the potatoes until soft. Heat up 100 ml of milk and add this to the potatoes. Don’t worry if it seems very soggy: the potatoes will absorb most of it in time!
  • Add the butter as well. Cut up the fresh herbs and add this to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  • See if it’s up to your taste, if not: add more salt/pepper/herbs if it’s blend, add more milk or butter if it’s too dry, place it over medium heat if you think it’s too soggy.
  • Done! Serve with some stew (recipe will follow tomorrow!) and vegetables and you’ve got a delicious meal.

 

A simpler recipe today, but I figured it would be useful as I upload many dishes that go great with mashed potatoes (like tomorrow’s beef stew!). Hope you liked it, see you tomorrow!
Vivian

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4 thoughts on “Mashed potatoes: a sidedish taken to the next level

    1. That is quite a good idea! I will remember that for next time, thank you 🙂 my uncle sometimes adds cheese, which can also be quite nice…

  1. Lovely tips! We all make mashed potatoes especially in winter to go with stews.
    I like your addition of fresh herbs, a really nice touch and I totally agree about the butter.
    I usual add a pinch of nutmeg and unwaxed lemon zest too which gives a fab lemony taste.

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