No wintry warming meal is complete without one important thing: a big bowl of buttery, creamy and fluffy mashed potato. As well as being the ultimate comfort food, mashed potatoes can be jazzed up into something special, with a few extra ingredients. Mashed potato has come a long way from its humble beginnings, and now you can enjoy a variety of ways with mashed potato. To start, all you need is your classic mash potato recipe as a base and, from here, you can either dress it up or enjoy it as is. There really is no right way to enjoy your mash!
Tips to help you create a creamy and fluffy mash
- For fluffy mashed potato, use starchy potatoes like desiree potatoes or Dutch cream potatoes.
- Keep small potatoes whole and cut larger ones into big chunks.
- To begin the process of seasoning your mashed potato, add salt to the water when cooking the potatoes, then you won’t have to add as much salt later.
- For even cooking, place your potatoes in a large pot and add cold water to about an inch above the potatoes. Then place on the stove.
- Remember to bring your butter or cream to at least room temperature, or gently heated.
Tips for storing and freezing mash
There’s no need to let your leftovers go to waste when mashed potato will keep for 2 to 3 days in the fridge. You can also freeze mashed potato in an air-tight container. To defrost, allow your mash to come up to room temperate then place it in a heatproof bowl, cover with tin foil and place over a pan of very gently simmering water until hot all the way through.
With help from this clever infographic, which you can find in our new Winter Warmers Foodbook, you can create three tasty mashed potato recipes. A simple, buttery classic mashed potato, which forms the base for the other two variations, a delicious herb and garlic mash, and a cheesy mash. The choice is yours!
Now, it’s your turn to try these mash recipes. Create whichever suits your fancy: perhaps a traditional classic mash, or a cheesy golden mash … or why not try all three ways with mashed potato?
For more delicious, warming and wintery recipes, have a look at our new Winter Warmers Foodbook
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