Thursday, September 19, 2013

Today, I want to eat potato instead of rice for dinner. It is not because I get bored with rice, but because I still have plenty of potatoes from potatoes sale last week and i need to make something out of it before they grow their sprout. I'm not in mood to make french fries or baked potato or casserole dish. So, mashed potato it is. It's easy to make and goes well with almost all kind of vegetables and meat dish. It is good for baby as well because it is soft and easy to swallow. What I'm going to make is just a basic mashed potato. There are many version of mashed potato such as mashed potato with cream cheese, mashed potato with carrot and onion, mashed potato with chives, with brussel sprouts and so on.

Ingredients (serving 4-5 portion) :

  • 800 grams potatoes, peeled.
  • 20 grams unsalted butter
  • 150 ml milk
  • Salt and pepper
Preparation :
  1. Bring a water in a big pot to boil. 
  2. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes roughly into the same size. 
  3. Put all the potatoes into the boiling water, and boil them for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes become tender. (Poke one slice of potato with a fork or knife to test it. The potato should be still firm and not fall apart but the fork or knife can go through the potato without any difficulties.)
  4. Using a strainer, drain well all the water and put the potato back into the pot
  5. While they're still hot, roughly mash the potato with potato masher.
  6. Add butter and  milk.
  7. Continue to mash the potato until soft and creamy.
  8. Add salt and pepper for taste. 
Tip : It is better to cut the potatoes into 1.5 cm slices than big chunks because it will help to cook the potatoes faster.

Tip : If you do not have potato masher, a wire whisk or hand mixer will do just fine as well. Just be careful not to break the wire of your whisk. 



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