Mashed Potatoes, or...I Didn't Burn Down the Kitchen!

@moffittjc (91104)
Gainesville, Florida
July 25, 2020 8:23am CST
Yesterday, I was gifted three large bags of russet potatoes. Anyone that knows me knows I am not a cook. So after receiving the potatoes I sat there thinking "What the heck am I going to do with these things?" and then, "Who can I give these away to?" But then I started thinking, I should at least try to make something with them, so that when asked, I can say I put the potatoes to great use. Setting out without much confidence in my abilities, I did a quick internet search for a creamy mashed potatoes recipe. I found a good one online, and set out on my first attempt at making homemade mashed potatoes. I wasn't looking forward to the task of peeling the potatoes, but it didn't take as long as I thought. And thankfully, the ingredients and the instructions were quite simple. When completed, there sat before me an amazing looking large bowl of the creamiest mashed potatoes I had ever seen. I was almost tempted to stop right there, and just marvel at my creation. I was afraid that I would be disappointed when tasting them, but after all the work I put in, I had to give it a try. And you know what? They were absolutely heavenly! Possibly the best mashed potatoes I ever had (second overall to my ex mother-in-law's mashed potatoes). I called my daughter at work (she's a huge mashed potatoes fan) and told her to come straight home after work to try my mashed potatoes. She told me not to eat it all. I told her not to worry, there was a 5-quart bowl full of them. Did she like them when she got home? Let's just say she almost ate the entire bowl full! I'm so proud of myself! haha This made me feel a little more confident in the kitchen, and so today I decided to search for what other adventure I can embark on with my potatoes. Today's attempt: homemade crispy french fries. My daughter is going to help me, so if they go wrong I can blame her! I'm so happy I didn't burn down the kitchen (that's about what I expect every time I try to cook from scratch). I still have a lot of potatoes left, so if anyone has any great ideas for russet potatoes, please let me know.
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@myklj999 (49321)
• United States
25 Jul
Dude...thinly slice them into a cast-iron skillet (or Teflon pan if that is your thing) and add some sliced onions and cook/fry them (covered) in about a half inch of oil (or your preferred substance) and yummy!!!!
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
That sounds simple enough. I don't know if I can trust myself around oil yet in the kitchen. You know...that whole burning down the kitchen thing! lol
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@myklj999 (49321)
• United States
25 Jul
@moffittjc Here's a pretty simple potato recipe
1. Buy potatoes (or grow 'em yerself) 2. Yer gunna need several cans o' chicken broth, at least a tub of sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and bacon...
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
@myklj999 Wow, that actually sounds really good!
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@GardenGerty (126972)
• United States
25 Jul
Potato salad. Oh, and we are heathens, we leave the peel on as it is nutritious. My "go to" fast food is a microwaved potato, topped with whatever. Chili, cheese, sour cream, meat, barbecue, you name it. It is a good change from sandwiches. Scrub your potato, then slit the skin at least once to prevent explosions. Average size potato, high watt microwave takes 3 minutes. Start with less if you want, but cook them to the point that they give nicely when you squeeze them. Then explore! Experiment!
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
Thank you Heather! I'll give that a try. So I assume russet potatoes taste good as a baked potato?
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@Elizaby (6392)
• Pensacola, Florida
28 Jul
I don't microwave 995 of what I eat because nuking kills the nutrition in the food.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Jul
@Elizaby Does it really? I had no idea.
@Tampa_girl7 (42445)
• United States
25 Jul
Way to go I love potatoes any way they’re made.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
Well, now that I've got the mashed potatoes down, I'm going to give french fries a try. I don't really know other recipes for potatoes, so any advice would be appreciated. I still have a LOT of potatoes left. Are russet potatoes good for making baked potatoes?
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@Tampa_girl7 (42445)
• United States
25 Jul
@moffittjc I like them baked. Find a good Au gratin recipe. They are tasty boiled with green beans too or make a Shepherds Pie.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
@Tampa_girl7 I was definitely thinking about green beans and potatoes. That will be an easy to cook recipe. It's been a while since I've eaten Shepherds Pie, so that is definitely another great recipe idea. I'm not a fan of Au Gratin potatoes, so I may skip that one. Thanks for the suggestions!
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@LadyDuck (307357)
• Switzerland
25 Jul
So not blame your daughter if you miss your French fries. Those are bit more hard to make than mashed potatoes. Make Swiss rösti, they are delicious. Peel and shred the potatoes, finely cut an onion, heat butter and oil in a Teflon skilled, add the potatoes and onions, mix for a while, then flatten and cover. When one side is browned turn and brown the other side.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
That sounds like a very simple and delicious recipe. I will give it a try! Thanks Anna!
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@LadyDuck (307357)
• Switzerland
25 Jul
@moffittjc It's good and you can fry two eggs and put on top of that and it's a delicious breakfast.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
@LadyDuck Oh yes, and I love eggs!
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@just4him (224140)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jul
That's great you didn't burn down the kitchen and the mashed potatoes turned out well. There's American fries, sliced potatoes; potato salad, lots of recipes for that one; hashed browns, also many recipes. You can do a lot with potatoes, even bake them. It's rare I peel potatoes. The healthiest part of the potato is in the skin.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
I'm going to try to make potato salad soon. I love potato salad.
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@just4him (224140)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jul
@moffittjc You'll have to let us know how it turns out.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
@just4him I might save the potato salad recipe for Monday or Tuesday. But yes, I'll let everyone know how it turns out!
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@DianneN (199900)
• United States
25 Jul
I’m thrilled for you! Potatoes are so versatile. You can also make loaded baked potatoes, potatoes lyonnaise, stew with cut up potatoes, etc. Good luck with the fries! Be sure to soak them in ice water and dry them thoroughly.
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@GardenGerty (126972)
• United States
25 Jul
@moffittjc Yes, in my opinion russets are good for baked potatoes. Red potatoes tend to be a little "gummy".
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@DianneN (199900)
• United States
25 Jul
@moffittjc Yes, they and Idaho potatoes are the only ones to use for baked potatoes.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
@GardenGerty Thank you! I loved baked potatoes, so I will definitely give it a try.
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@1creekgirl (22915)
• United States
25 Jul
I'm so happy for you that your kitchen is still standing. For mashed potatoes I use peeled potatoes, milk, butter and salt and pepper. Was your recipe different? Russets are the very best for baked potatoes. I make a lot of different things with potatoes, but one of my favorites is similar to JJ"s and Eva James'. I fry sliced potatoes, sliced carrots, onions, and cooked bacon until done, then I top them with sour cream and shredded cheese.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
Yes, my recipe used the basic ingredients you mentioned. I added a dash of garlic to give it some added flavor. Sounds like I can do quite a bit of experimenting with the fried potato and onion recipe. Gives me lots of options!
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@1creekgirl (22915)
• United States
25 Jul
@moffittjc I just remembered...never let your cooked potatoes sit in the water before you mash them. It brings out the glue/starch and they're awful.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
@1creekgirl I didn't let them soak in water. Because I don't know what I'm doing in the kitchen, I followed the online recipe word for word.
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@aureliah (24244)
• Kenya
25 Jul
There are so many ways to have potatoes so dont worry about what you are going to do with them. Besides creamy mashed potatoes, i loved baked ones and potato wedges
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
I have come up with quite a good list of meals I can make out of the potatoes I have. So it looks like I will have no problem using up all them bags of potatoes that were given to me.
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@aureliah (24244)
• Kenya
25 Jul
@moffittjc Thats great
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
@aureliah It's great if I don't ruin any of the recipes I cook! haha
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@Corbin5 (207213)
• United States
25 Jul
You are the master of the mashed potato!! I am sure the fries will be quite tasty too. Since I do not like to cook at all, I just bake a potato in the microwave.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
We ended up not making the fries today, as we got pretty busy this afternoon and forgot about it. We were all so hungry that we just decided to go grab some wings and fries instead of cooking at home. So I think we'll try the homemade fries on Sunday.
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@Corbin5 (207213)
• United States
26 Jul
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@CarolDM (98858)
• United States
25 Jul
Looks like you got a lot of good suggestions here. Next time, ask the community. We all have our opinions! You can do so much with potatoes and I love them any way they are cooked. Potato salad is good beach it will last awhile in the frig.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
I'll probably make potato salad tomorrow or Monday. The kids finished off the mashed potatoes today, so they both voted for potato salad next after the homemade french fries.
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@Keola12 (793)
• United States
25 Jul
When I was a child, my great-grandfather would slice the potatoes, bread them, fry them in the skillet, sprinkle cinnamon on top of them and drizzle them with honey. They were always such a great treat.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jul
Oooh...that sounds delicious! I have plenty of cinnamon and honey on hand, I should try that. I'll have to get some breading at the store next time I shop.
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@RubyHawk (38297)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Jul
Lucky you. You can make potato salad with your left over mashed potatoes. Boil a couple of eggs and chop them up in your potatoes, add a few chopped up pickles and a big spoonful of mayonnaise and there you go. Enjoy.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
The kids voted for potato salad too, so that will probably be what I make next after the homemade fries.
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@RubyHawk (38297)
• Atlanta, Georgia
31 Jul
@moffittjc I love potato salad and I can't eat it. I did cook french fries for Leo today.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
1 Aug
@RubyHawk You can't eat potato salad? How come?
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@Torunn (7132)
• Norway
25 Jul
I always used that as an excuse as a child: No, I'm not going to cook dinner with potatoes, 'cause I'll burn the kitchen down! So I only made dinner without potatoes :-) I hated to peel them.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
I'm not going to lie, I did not look forward to peeling the potatoes at all. But you know what? It wasn't that bad at all.
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@Torunn (7132)
• Norway
26 Jul
@moffittjc I've made mashed potatoes a couple of times, but I've used new potatoes so it didn't mather if the peeling wasn't perfect. Maybe it's a sign of growing up that peeling potatoes isn't too bad? I might not be that grown-up yet ;-)
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Jul
@Torunn Well, I've only peeled potatoes just this once, so it didn't seem so bad. But I can tell you I wouldn't want to do this every week!
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@JudyEv (224389)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jul
JJ has given you a couple of good recipes here. And congratulations on such a success!
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
I've been able to gather several great recipes from member comments here! And thanks for the congrats. The kids have pretty much devoured all the mashed potatoes that I made, so I know it was a big success.
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@JudyEv (224389)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jul
@moffittjc I guess you can stick with what you know and make another five quarts of mashed potato.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
@JudyEv I could, but I think I have enough simple recipe ideas that I can venture out beyond just mashed potatoes.
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@nela13 (37638)
• Portugal
25 Jul
I like mashed potatoes a lot and do it often. Maybe you are a cooker and you don't know
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
I wouldn't mind learning how to cook, it's just that I never seem to have the time to spend in the kitchen making meals from scratch. Unless they are simple meals of course.
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@nela13 (37638)
• Portugal
26 Jul
@moffittjc well from now on you know you can cook and do delicious things.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
@nela13 I am definitely gaining more confidence in the kitchen!
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@kareng (30644)
• United States
26 Jul
I see you already have a ton of suggestions and recipes to try! I hope you still like potatoes after this week! Your mashed potatoes sound delicious!!
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
Thank you! I think with the variety of recipes people are suggesting, I will have many different ways to prepare those potatoes without growing tired of the vegetable. At least that is what I am hoping.
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@kareng (30644)
• United States
29 Jul
@moffittjc You may end up with a new nickname, Mr. Potatohead! Sorry, I couldn't resist.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jul
@kareng That thought did cross my mind! haha
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• United States
25 Jul
No fires today...lol all I can think of is Potato Salad, or you can try making a meatloaf, and have a side of mashed potatoes
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
Potato salad is what the kids voted for, so that will be next up on the list.
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• United States
27 Jul
@moffittjc I would have said baked potatoe, but you mashed them...lol
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Jul
@CookieMonster46 I didn't mash all of them, I have plenty more potatoes!
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@ptrikha_2 (26659)
• India
26 Jul
You put up a lot of efforts! You have not shared the pictures. That would have given me a lot of encouragement in trying out such things in kitchen as I too am only a Tea/Coffee/Bread guy in the kitchen.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
I should have taken a picture of the mashed potatoes, but I didn't think about it at the time.
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@ptrikha_2 (26659)
• India
26 Jul
@moffittjc Yes at times, we miss taking the pictures. It is ok.
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@Gillygirl (42535)
• Sutton, England
26 Jul
They make a good baked potato
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
I'm going to make homemade fries on Sunday, and then potato salad on Monday, so I will probably save the baked potato for next Tuesday!
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@Juliaacv (61381)
• Canada
25 Jul
Russets make for the absolute BEST mashed potatoes ever. You can make mashed potatoes, with the sour cream and cream cheese and put them into casseroles and freeze them you know. One of my brothers, who just loves potatoes, does that. It would save them from spoiling.
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@moffittjc (91104)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Jul
That's a great idea, thanks for suggesting!
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