November 2, 2012

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Thank you SO much to all the dear friends who joined the Nibbles and Novels party yesterday! I actually had entries!! Wahoo!! I'm going to keep it going, so save up a post or two for December!

It's been a completely insane week, so I'm happy to have a very simple recipe today! I'm sure many of you already have a go-to mashed potatoes recipe, but a few of you may not! Plus, they go perfectly with my menu this week, so why not!

This is one of the few recipes that I can give my Dad credit for. He is the Mashed Potato Master of the Family, and he taught me well. Every Thanksgiving, Dad's potatoes doused with Mom's perfect gravy was the highlight of my meal. Mmmm, counting down the days... I've never measured before, so it was fun to try and guesstimate, so I could give you wonderful readers nice, round, numbers. Leave the guesswork to me!

Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Printable Recipe

2 1/2-3 lbs potatoes, peeled, rinsed, and sliced into 1/2 inch disks (I prefer red potatoes, but russets and Yukon Golds are good too!)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 stick of butter, cut into chunks (1/2 cup)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2-1 tsp black pepper (depending on your taste!)

A note on potato selection: Russets will give you the fluffiest mashed potatoes, Reds are a bit smoother and thicker, and Yukon Golds are between the two, and a bit buttery.

Place the potatoes in a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and boil 20-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft (stick a fork in one to test). Drain the potatoes, and put them in a large bowl (or the bowl of your mixer) with all of the other ingredients. Mash (or mix) till smooth, and serve warm!
Voila! Perfect mashed potatoes! The sour cream is the secret ingredient. It adds to the smooth, creaminess, and a bit of tang too!! Buttermilk also works, but sometimes it gives the potatoes kind of a sticky texture.
Buttery, fluffy potatoes. The perfect side dish to any meat, in my opinion. If you've never tried sour cream in your taters before, give these a try!! I could eat these all day... all month... all winter :)

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  1. Mashed potatoes....the perfect comfort food.

    I'm thinking Like Water For Chocolate, with all it's risque recipes, would be a good book for next month..

  2. Those potatoes sound great! Sour cream is so yummy. I end up adding it to a lot of my recipes but I have not added them to mashed potatoes so I am going to have to give this a try!

  3. Fab looking mash April! I make mine very similar, but add a touch of finely grated onion (on my microplane) just to add a tiny bit more flavour. I also use my potato ricer to make sure they are smooth, smooth. So happy to see that your fun Monthly activity is getting more visitors! Yay! Sending you lotsa lotsa love today and always! xxoo

  4. Yum. I love sour cream in my mashed potatoes, makes them so creamy. Growing up, my mom would always boil the potatoes with a quartered onion and a couple of garlic cloves.


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