Fancy Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes


Don’t Make Mash…Make a Smash!!

There are few things better in my memory than mashed potatoes.  We grow them on our farm, ate them as children and are one of the easiest sides you can make to accompany a meal. Everybody loves potatoes.

Some potatoes lend themselves to mashing better than others, but I prefer a waxy potato like Yukon Gold.  You can leave them skin on or peel them for a restaurant like appearance.  But what’s great about the basic recipe, is that it accepts other ingredients easily and makes your mash into a smash!!  Horseradish or garlic, Cheddar-Bacon-Chive, Sage & Brown Butter and even Basil Pesto…like a BYO Frozen Yogurt, stir in your favorite ingredients.

Tip: Be sure to always start potatoes in cold, unsalted water

Garlic Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes
  • Serves 8
  • 4 Pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and cut to be about the same size
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • TT Salt
  • TT Black Pepper, Fresh Ground

In a large pot, place all peel potato pieces and cover with at least one inch of water, unsalted.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer till tender, about 20-30 minutes depending on size of potatoes (a knife will slide easily in and out of a potato without resistance when fully cooked).  Melt butter, garlic and milk together in small sauce pot…reserve.

Strain potatoes in a colander and return to warm pot and utilizing a hand masher, work potatoes till crushed.  Add butter/milk/garlic mixture and work together with masher till smooth.  Switching to a rubber scraper or wooden spoon, stir in sour cream and season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper.  Cover till needed.

*Fresh grated or store-bought horseradish adds a nice flavor and zip, simply add to butter/garlic when melting.

*Stir in Chopped Bacon, Chives and shredded Cheddar for Potatoes like Mom used to make 

*Some more exotic offerings: Stir in 1/4 cup of Basil Pesto or fold in some thin sliced fresh Sage and drizzle with browned butter 



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