The Mash from the Menu

The Mash from the Menu

Starting to serving: 35 minutes
Active time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6 as a side dish



        TO DO:

        1. Leave the potatoes whole, put them in a large saucepan with 2 litres of water and 1 tablespoon of salt.
        2. Over medium-low heat, simmer with the lid on until a paring knife slides easily into the centre of a potato (about 25 minutes).
        3. Drain the potatoes, and while they are still hot, hold each one in a clean kitchen towel to peel it.
        4. Put them through a potato ricer and back into the (now dried) saucepan.*
        5. Turn the heat back on low and gently toss the potatoes with a spatula for about 5 minutes. This will encourage any extra moisture to evaporate.
        6. In a small saucepan, warm the milk until nearly boiling.
        7. Meanwhile, with the heat off, beat the butter cube by cube into the potatoes, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon.
        8. Pour in the milk in a very thin stream while still beating. (This may be a 2-person job.)
        9. Taste for salt & pepper and season to your liking.

        * If you don't have a potato ricer, you can pass the potato through a coarse sieve or mash with a fork. 

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