Crown yourself potato king with these failsafe fluffy and flavoured mash tips
Everyone’s got their own way of making mash. But this is the right way (sorry Mum!).
1. Select your spud
For creamy mash, you definitely need a floury spud (Maris Piper, Desiree, King Edward or Vivaldi, (surprisingly a type of potato, not the 18th century composer). Keep well clear of the waxy type – they belong in salads and have no place here.
2. Cut into equal-sized chunks
That's equal-sized. A mish-mash of big, small, fat and thin won't be cooked through at the same time, meaning some will be under- and others overdone. Cover your carefully cut chunks with cold water, add salt, bring up to a simmer and cook until they can be easily crushed with the back of a fork (about 15-20 minutes simmering).
3. Mash by hand
Yep, it takes a bit of extra elbow grease but overmixing your tatties in a food processor will give a gross, gluey consistency that makes small children run a mile. Use a ricer if you like, but the classic hand-held masher is difficult to beat.
4. Add butter and cream (lots of)
We just know that the ridiculously delicious mash we savour in restaurants up and down the land has masses of butter, milk and cream. Don't skimp on yours and make sure they're at room temperature too, for smooth mixing.
5. Season (unashamedly)
Mashed potato without salt is like strawberries without cream. Season generously and use white pepper instead of black for unblemished pearly whiteness.
6. Don’t dry them out
It's fine to make mash in advance (it even freezes pretty well), but warming it up in a pan is a tragedy waiting to happen. Instead, gently warm through in a bainmarie (no danger of a scorched bottom) and add a little more warm milk or butter.
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