Microwaving potatoes for mashed potatoes is possible and can certainly cut down on prep time. While this prep method isn’t preferred due to the risk of potatoes drying out, with proper planning this can be a speedy alternative.
To microwave potatoes for mashed potatoes, rinse the peeled potato chunks and put them in a large, microwave-safe bowl or a casserole dish.
Cover the dish or bowl with plastic wrap and cut a small vent in the top for steam to escape.
Microwave on high for 8 to 11 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and can be gently poked through with a fork.
Carefully remove the bowl using a towel or oven mitts from the microwave. Pass the potatoes through a potato rice or use a masher after adding the other ingredients. Add milk/cream and butter to the potatoes and stir to combine.
Pros vs. Cons of Microwave Mashed Potatoes
Cooks fast, saving time.
Free starch is not allowed to escape, resulting in sticky and gummy potatoes.
Potatoes cook from the inside out, drying them out too much.
Can’t cook large quantities.
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