Monday, May 12, 2014

Quick Comfort

Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food for a lot of people. For me, it's probably mashed potatoes. I don't make them very often because I'm so fond of them. They're often my carb of choice for company, though. I won't eat through an entire vat of them if I have to share and just about everyone loves mashed potatoes.

Back in the days when I worked long hours in an office and was more prone to picking up take-out, Boston Market's mashed potatoes were among my favorites. They weren't smooth and creamy – they had lumps in them. And little bits of red potato skins dotted them.

Over the years, I started making my own quick mashed potatoes, farmhouse style. They offer all the comfort without all the hassle. No mixer bowls or ricers to wash, they cook fast, and I can easily make just enough to feed two or three.

Krista's Farmhouse Mashed Potatoes
(serves two to three)

old-fashioned potato masher

1 1/2 pounds (roughly) red potatoes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon olive oil
salt and pepper

Wash the potatoes and remove any blemishes. Cut in chunks about an inch and a half in size and place in a pot. Add just enough water to cover them. Add roughly 2 teaspoons salt to the water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.

Pour off the water. Add the butter, sour cream, and olive oil and mash by hand with the potato masher. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Boil potatoes with salt.

Mash by hand in the same pot.

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  1. I am not even hungry and that picture is making my mouth water. I have some red potatoes left from making the Easter potato salad that would just love to be mashed! Can never get enough potatoes.
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  2. Reminds me of my childhood and helping my grandma make delicious mashed potatoes.

  3. I love mashed potatoes. Growing up my Mom would mix spinach into them. I still like them that way.

  4. After years of making mashed potatoes the 'other way', with the peeling and getting out the hand mixer to make them smooth, I have been making them your way for the last couple of years. They are less trouble, and to my way of thinking, much tastier. When I can't think of a carb to serve with dinner, I throw a couple of 'taters in a pot and make mashed potatoes. sharonquiltsatyahoodotcom

  5. I love the addition of the sour cream. Nothing more homey than mashed potatoes! Yum.

    Daryl/ Avery

  6. Mashed potatoes have to be one of my favorite foods! I love making them this way--with the skins and lumps! I've found that using a mixer makes them too gummy (although a ricer does a great job, but so much work!) I usually leave out the butter in favor of sour cream to cut down calories (snort! As if...)