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Good types to mash
Russets: their dry texture makes very fluffy mashes
Long and Round Whites: Medium starch content of these two types support mashing
Yellow potatoes: Creamy texture and buttery taste.
Sweet potatoes: The darker-skinned, deep orange variety cooks up the best in a mash
Potatoes are nothing fancy. This simple vegetable has been loved for generations as a hearty, satisfying food. Popular with both children and adults, an aromatic bowl of steamy mashed potatoes makes everyone’s mouth water.
Dairy products such as milk and cheese are the most popular additions to mashed whites. Try buttermilk for imparting a nutty flavor to the mix. Cheddar or Jack cheeses are flavorful additions: just add shredded cheese and then mix and pop the dish under a broiler for 2 minutes. Other ways to prepare them include enriching with heavy cream or lightening with low fat milk. The versatile mash accommodates a variety of caloric preferences. Salt and pepper to taste and a few chives create a classic finish to the dish.
A sweet potato mash can be improved up by adding bourbon and molasses, ginger, or fruit purees of apple and pear.
In recent years mashed potato bars have become popular at parties and celebrations. A variety of toppings allow each diner to customize his serving. When the concoction is served up in a martini glass it creates a festive dish that elevates the lowly potato to star status.
Boiling whole potatoes with their skins on or steaming potatoes in slices or cubes keeps the potatoes from becoming waterlogged, improving the texture of the final dish and preserving nutrients
If boiling potatoes without their skins, cut them into small cubes for fast cooking so that they are exposed to water as briefly as possible
Using a potato masher yields slightly lumpy yet fluffy mash. For a smoother consistency, use a ricer.
Do not use a food processor or the potatoes will be gluey
A mashed potato bar may feature:
Is there anyone who doesn’t like the sound of these potato dishes?
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff