Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes that are perfect every time!

Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Comprehensive Guide on How to Make the Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Whip up perfection, with these light and airy mashed potatoes, perfect for any occasion.

Mashed potatoes are deceivingly simple, and a mainstay on any holiday table or a side to simple Sunday suppers.  But how do you achieve mashed potato nirvana?  With these easy to follow steps, your friends and family will be wondering what you did to make these incredible mashed potatoes.  But be warned you will from here on out be asked to make mashed potatoes for every potluck.

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Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

  • Ready Time:45min
  • Prep Time:15min
  • Cook Time:30min
  • Serves:12
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Description

Recipe by: Potatoes USA

Russet potatoes gently folded together with milk and butter for a perfect and comforting cloud-like mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Russet Potatoes
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 12 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
  • As Needed Kosher Salt
  • As Needed Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preparation

Essential Equipment:

  • Large Bowl
  • Dutch Oven or Large Stock Pot
  • Colander
  • Potato Ricer or Food Mill
  • Rubber Spatula
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-2-inch dices (the size of the dices should be like one another to ensure even cooking). Transfer the potatoes to a bowl of cold water and rinse them 2-3 times until the water runs clear, this process helps remove excess starch.
  2. In a large stockpot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and cook them until they are completely tender.  Drain the potatoes in a colander and rinse them lightly for about 30 seconds with hot water, allow them to drain/release steam for about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Place a ricer or food mill over another pot and pass the potatoes through it.  Add the milk and the butter to the potatoes and gently stir.  Adjust the seasoning with the salt and pepper, keep the potatoes warm until ready to serve.

 

 

 

Nutrition

Calories250
Fat13g
Sodium25mg
Cholesterol35
Vitamin C8mg
Carbohydrates29g
Fiber2g
Protein5g
Potassium688mg
Sugar3g

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Ultimate Rich and Creamy Mashed Potatoes

  • Ready Time:60min
  • Prep Time:20min
  • Cook Time:40min
  • Serves:10
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Description

Recipe by: Potatoes USA

Indulgent and velvety smooth yellow potatoes are blended with cream and butter for a crowd-pleasing, hearty bowl of decadent mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. Yellow Potatoes
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 16 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • As Needed Kosher Salt
  • As Needed Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preparation

Essential Equipment

  • Large Bowl
  • Dutch Oven or Large Stock Pot
  • Colander
  • Potato Ricer or Food Mill
  • Stand Mixer with Paddle Attachment
  • Rubber Spatula
  1. Place the potatoes in a large stockpot. Cover with cold water and bring the pot to a boil over high heat.  Once the pot comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.  Cook the potatoes until they are fork-tender and offer no resistance when pierced with a knife.
  2. Drain the potatoes and set in a colander. Carefully peel the potatoes while they are still hot. (This can be done, under cool running water, or by wearing foodservice gloves). Pass the potatoes through a ricer/food mill that has been set over the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the melted butter and half of the heavy cream to the potatoes.
  3. Whip the potatoes on low speed until the cream and butter are incorporated, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium-high and whip the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy about 1 minute. Using the remaining cream, adjust the consistency of the potatoes to your liking. Creamier makes them looser, less cream makes them stiffer.  Adjust the seasoning with the salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories490
Fat36g
Sodium25mg
Cholesterol105
Vitamin C29mg
Carbohydrates43g
Fiber2g
Protein5g
Potassium51mg
Sugar3g

Culinary Tips

Why you should invest in a potato ricer
Potato ricers are a kitchen tool that allows you to break down a cooked potato without working the starch too much, which would result in gluey and sticky mashed potatoes.

Selecting the right potato:
Russet potatoes make for lightest mashed potatoes.  They are easy to mash without overworking them which develops the starch.  Rinse cut russets until the water runs clear to remove their excess starch.

Yellow potatoes make for thicker and creamier mashed potatoes.  They have a buttery texture and a velvety mouthfeel.

Stir In’s and Add On’s:
The wonderful thing about mashed potatoes is they can be loaded with just about anything and topped with a variety of toppings.  Below are just a few examples.

Mashed Potato Stir In’s:
Goat Cheese
Blue Cheese
Cheddar
Green Onions
Crispy Bacon
Wasabi
Buffalo Sauce
Green Chilies
Cooked Shrimp, Lobster, or Crab
Sour Cream
Other Cooked Vegetable Purees (Beets, Carrots, Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers)

Mashed Potato Toppings:
Crispy Onion Strings
Cheese Sauce
Fresh Herbs
Gravy
Sauces
Cooked Proteins (Beef, Chicken, Fish, Shellfish, etc.)

Mashed Potatoes - Other Ways to Prepare

Steaming Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes

Steaming is a process in which food is cooked at a higher temperature than it would normally cook in water. This results in faster cook times than boiling.  The reason steaming potatoes is not preferred as a cooking method for mashed potatoes is less starch is released, resulting in gluey mashed potatoes.  Steaming Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes

Multicooker for Mashed Potatoes

Just like steaming doesn’t allow for excess starch to escape from the potatoes during cooking, multicookers react similarly. Multicookers are essentially pressure cookers, with a few other features. They trap moisture and steam inside a cavity, resulting in rapidly cooked food. Multicooker for Mashed Potatoes

Microwave Mashed Potatoes

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 they can be a speedy alternative.Microwave Mashed Potatoes

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FAQs

Should I Rinse Potatoes Before Boiling?
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Rinsing potatoes helps remove excess starch, so it is recommended to rinse the potatoes before cooking.  To ensure even more starch is out of the way, it’s recommended that they even be quickly rinsed after boiling.  For this step, we recommend using hot water whereas prior to cooking you will…Continue Reading
Do You Peel Potatoes Before Boiling for Mashed Potatoes?
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This comes down to personal preference.  Potatoes skins have a lot of nutrition and a great potato flavor.  Not only do they add flavor and nutrition, but some really like the texture of potato skins in mashed potatoes.  If, however, you are looking for a super-light and fluffy mash with…Continue Reading
How Long Can Potatoes Sit in Water Before Boiling for Mashed Potatoes?
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Potatoes can be peeled prepped and cut into water up to 2 days before boiling for mash.Continue Reading
Do You Cut Potatoes Before Boiling?
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Cutting potatoes before boiling does aid in removing excess starch.  Excess starch can make potatoes gummy or gluey.  That said, cutting the potatoes too small can lead to too much water absorbing into the potatoes.  A good rule of thumb is to go with a 2-inch dice on the potatoes…Continue Reading

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