Mashed potatoes

India
October 31, 2006 6:08am CST
What do you put in your mashed potatoes?? I generally boil the potatoes and salt and pepper. But i think people also add a lot of other things. Any suggestions??
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@deeds14 (815)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Milk and butter. But putting shredded cheddar cheese in it is really good, too.. it melts in.
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• India
13 Nov 06
great... thats a new way of enhancing the taste of mashed potatoes.
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@soulist (2987)
• United States
22 Nov 06
I like the shredded cheese to add a unique flavor. I also put in a little bit of parsley.
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• India
23 Nov 06
thanks for the tips, im going to try that out tonight. Can hardly wait till i eat it :D thanks for your response
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• India
21 Nov 06
only salt .
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
23 Nov 06
Aren't they really thick and dry that way?
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• India
23 Nov 06
yeah, thats what i think as well, so i generally add a lil milk to get it nice and smooth, thanks for all your responses
@pumpkinjam (5801)
• United Kingdom
21 Nov 06
I normally put butter and milk. Sometimes I put herbs in, usually just parsley or basil, sometimes I put in a bit of cheese, Edam or red cheeses are especially nice. And occassionally I add pepper but I never add salt. It doesn't need it if you flavour it with something else, especially if you use cheese, butter or margerine because they already contain a lot of salt and extra salt just takes away the taste of added ingredients. Oh and I forgot, occassionally I will mix another vegetable in with it like swede or parsnip.
• India
23 Nov 06
i've never really tried adding vegetables to mashed potatoes. Can you please also tell me what swede is?? I've never heard of that particular vegetable. Thanks for your response
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• United Kingdom
23 Nov 06
I don't really know how to describe it. I don't think there is another name for it. Basically, it's similar to a potato but has a slight bitterness to it. It's really hard to chop though so if you can get it already cut up, that would probably be better.
@nannacroc (4049)
31 Oct 06
I put milk and margarine in mine, they are quite fluffy then and taste lovely.
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• India
31 Oct 06
Thanks for the reply. Im definetely gonna try that the next time i make mashed potatoes.
@icelexy (236)
• Romania
4 Feb 07
milk ,butter,salt and some parsley. It will make it lovely.
• United States
1 Jan 07
Ok, this is going to sound really weird, but it's the truth, I SWEAR! I once dated this guy and he took me to his place to cook me dinner. He prepared cornish game hens (I remember these because it was the one and ONLY time I've ever eaten them. I find them a waste... anyway) and mashed potatoes along with something else that I can't recall. These were the best mashed potatoes I've ever had in my LIFE!!!!! I couldn't believe what he was doing, but he used several Yukon Gold potatoes, One Sweet Potatoe and a medium sized stalk of broccoli.... yes, I know, Broccoli!! He cooked it all until the the potatoes were done and then drained the water out and used a hand mixer to blend it all together. It was seriously fantastic.
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• India
2 Jan 07
WOW, i never realised broccoli could be used for mashed potatoes. I have to try it soon. I generally stay away from it but with potatoes I can eat anything. Thanks for your response
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• United States
22 Nov 06
This is gross but my mom puts shortning in hers. Well, she did till my stepdad caught her and told her how unhealthy it is and never do it again! I sometimes use a little big to sour cream. Sometimes garlic too.
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• India
23 Nov 06
yeah thats really not too good having shortening in the mashed potatoes. but the garlic part sounds like a tasty idea, must try that sometime soon. Thanks for your response
• United States
21 Nov 06
I like to put in salt, pepper, butter and milk. Sometimes I will add sour cream if I have it and that really makes the potatoes tasty!
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• India
23 Nov 06
me too, i add most of the stuff you have mentioned although i dont add sour cream as I dont think we get it here in goa - india. must try it out when i get the chance. Thanks for your response
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I put a lot of different things in mine. I tend to make them different each time I prepare them. Some times I put just the salt, pepper and butter. Other times it is milk, salt, pepper, butter, and cheese. I love the garlic cheese mashed potaotes the best though. Do what you do and add any kind of cheese you like then add abundant garlic powder or real garlic that has been crushed up real fine.
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• United States
5 Dec 06
Milk and butter and parmasian cheese. Or layer with spinich ans sliced cheese. Then bake it after you mash or whip it. It's great.
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@dodododo3 (375)
• India
23 Nov 06
u ca try adding some sause and a bit of garlic paste.
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@jennyl (687)
• United States
23 Nov 06
Mashed potatoes are very good with milk and butter or margerine. also with cream cheese, i heard.
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
24 Mar 07
In order to make good mashed potatoes, Firstly, you have to choose some good potatoes .Potatoes are basically water and starch. High starch potatoes like russet and Yukon Gold are often used because the more starch, the fuller the actual cells of the potato resulting in a fluffier texture. Some say they tend to be creamier than other potatoes. Low starch potatoes like round whites are more waxy and some chefs say better for mashed spuds because they absorb less water and hold up better when cooking. They also think they have more flavor and less "starchy" taste. Secondly,it is the first step to cook the potatoes,always always start you potatoes in cold water with a salt added to it. How much water? Just enough to cover the potatoes. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a knife. How long it takes depends on how many potatoes you are cooking. When done, drain them immediately! Do not rinse, just drain and put them back in the pot and return the pot to the stove on low heat. This will make a huge difference because the low heat will allow some of the excess water to evaporate leaving you with less water and more potato resulting in more flavor. Thirdly,you are going to mash the potatoes.How you mash your potatoes will greatly effect the texture and style. There are several tools and methods all having different results. If you are looking for really smooth mashed potatoes (the way I like them) you can try a Potato Ricer. Looks just like a giant garlic press and "rices" the potatoes that you then combine with your other ingredients for extremely smooth potatoes. If you are looking for fluffy, airy potatoes, try an electric mixer. Often used in restaurants to stretch how far a potato can go, the mixer whips air into the potato giving them more volume and staying power. Finall,if you add cream over milk the end result should be creamier flavor. Instead of butter, you can use olive oil or duck fat.
• India
26 Mar 07
wow, you've really gone into the science of making mashed potatoes. I used to always boil and drain the potatoes bt never put htem back on the stove. Will definetley give it a try
• India
23 Nov 06
Put Some Green Choped Chilles,Grean Peas,Corinder Leaves, salt,paper,red Chilli Powder,Choped Green Onions. Mesh well and eat
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• India
23 Nov 06
wow, thats a whole lot of ingredients that go into mashed potatoes. Thanks for your response
@Bettyann (2486)
• United States
23 Nov 06
i boil them and put butter, salt ,peppre a table spoon of mayo and milk in mine they are good
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• India
23 Nov 06
wow, mayo is loaded with lots and lots of calories. but thats what makes it tastier. Thanks for your response
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
23 Nov 06
Milk, diced onion chunks, and sometimes a little cheese, or sour cream.
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• India
23 Nov 06
never tried diced onion chunks before. but sounds tasty. must try that soon. Thanks for your response
@mayammb (1818)
• Australia
22 Nov 06
i prefer salt and pepper with mashed potatoes.
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• India
23 Nov 06
Thanks for your response. i love mashed potatoes in any form. so that sounds like a good ole receipe to me.
@shaggydog (648)
• Canada
22 Nov 06
sometimes i put cheese in my potatoes
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• India
23 Nov 06
me too, cheese makes it nice and creamy and gives it a different taste. Thanks for your response
• United States
22 Nov 06
I like to sprinkle some garlic salt. Mmmmm I think I make the best Mashed Potatoes! I'm making myself hungry!
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• India
23 Nov 06
yeah, garlic salt sounds really good. lots of people say so, so im now actually gonna try it today. hope its turns out good. Thanks for your response
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
24 Mar 07
In order to make good mashed potatoes, Firstly, you have to choose some good potatoes .Potatoes are basically water and starch. High starch potatoes like russet and Yukon Gold are often used because the more starch, the fuller the actual cells of the potato resulting in a fluffier texture. Some say they tend to be creamier than other potatoes. Low starch potatoes like round whites are more waxy and some chefs say better for mashed spuds because they absorb less water and hold up better when cooking. They also think they have more flavor and less "starchy" taste. Secondly,it is the first step to cook the potatoes,always always start you potatoes in cold water with a salt added to it. How much water? Just enough to cover the potatoes. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a knife. How long it takes depends on how many potatoes you are cooking. When done, drain them immediately! Do not rinse, just drain and put them back in the pot and return the pot to the stove on low heat. This will make a huge difference because the low heat will allow some of the excess water to evaporate leaving you with less water and more potato resulting in more flavor. Thirdly,you are going to mash the potatoes.How you mash your potatoes will greatly effect the texture and style. There are several tools and methods all having different results. If you are looking for really smooth mashed potatoes (the way I like them) you can try a Potato Ricer. Looks just like a giant garlic press and "rices" the potatoes that you then combine with your other ingredients for extremely smooth potatoes. If you are looking for fluffy, airy potatoes, try an electric mixer. Often used in restaurants to stretch how far a potato can go, the mixer whips air into the potato giving them more volume and staying power. Finall,if you add cream over milk the end result should be creamier flavor. Instead of butter, you can use olive oil or duck fat.
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@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
24 Mar 07
I put in green onions or scallions, sour cream or plain yogurt, and drizzle with melted cheese. As another alternative, you can add a can of cream of mushroom soup to jazz them up. My mashed taties are always a huge hit!
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