Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Side Dish: Easy Mashed Potatoes

Easy Peasy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes do not require potato flakes, or a lot of time.  The secret to so many of my potato recipes is Steamables brand steam in bag potatoes.  Simply you put the bag in the microwave, follow the instructions and you have perfectly cooked potatoes every, single, time.  No muss, no fuss, no mess. 


1 bag Steamables Yukon gold potatoes

½ cup half and half or milk, just not skim as they will not be creamy at all

2 tbsp. butter

½ packet powdered chicken bullion

1 tsp. white pepper

Salt to taste (Seriously taste these because every powdered chicken bullion is different and you can quickly over salt!)


Steam the potatoes as per bag directions.  Remove from bag and let cool for 10 minutes, if you intend on removing the skin.  Once cooled remove the skin with your hands or a knife, I left mine with half the skin on and half off, it creates a nice texture and there are nutrients in the skin as well. 

In a pot add the half and half, butter, and powdered chicken bouillon.  Once the milk starts to bubble slowly pour about half of it over your potatoes, begin to mash with a potato masher, wooden spoon, slotted spoon etc.  Add more of the hot milk as you mash, the texture is up you, I like my potatoes to have texture so I leave them kind of lumpy.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This is a gimme side dish recipe, everyone to a point knows how to make mashed potatoes but this is my easy way to make enough for just a few people in a short amount of time with minimal mess.  I like to keep some of the milk hot so if my main course takes longer you can add some of it to the potatoes to make them hot and creamy again.

* and if you really want to make them "peasy" toss in some cooked peas! 

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