Recipe – Mashed Potatoes for Two

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

  • Salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, evaporated/condensed or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1-ounces cream cheese, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or sour cream (optional)
  • Ground white pepper (optional)

Mashed Potatoes Equipment Needed

  • 3-quart or larger saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fork

Mashed Potatoes Directions

Warm Dairy to room temperature.

  • Set the dairy for the recipe out to warm to room temperature, about an hour ahead of time.

Bring water to a boil.

  • Fill a medium saucepan ¾ full of water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.

Cut the potatoes.

  • While the water is heating, peel the potatoes.
  • Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, then in quarters.
  • Then cut the potato quarters smaller sections.  The smaller the potato chunks are going into the water, the fast they will cook, and they will be to mash later.
  • Add the cut potatoes to the boiling water, add additional water if necessary, to cover potatoes, and simmer until they are falling-apart tender about 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain and mash the potatoes.

  •  When the potatoes are soft, drain the potatoes completely.
  • Return the potatoes to the pan.
  • Add the butter and mash the potatoes.
  • Turn pan to medium heat, stirring the potatoes rapidly continuously until the butter is melted and thoroughly combined.

Add the dairy and season.

  • Once the butter is melted and thoroughly combined, When any remaining water has evaporated, add the dairy components.
  • Turn the pot to medium-low and keep stirring.
  • Cooking until the potatoes are thoroughly combined and hot.
  • Remove the potatoes from the burner and turn off the heat.
  • Add pepper and salt, if desired.
  • Serve the potatoes in a ramekin or small dish and garnish, if desired.

Serves

  • Makes two individual servings

Cooks Notes

  • If you want to dress the potatoes up a little, you can add a little cheese on top and microwave (assuming you are using a microwave dish) for a few seconds to melt the cheese. 

Companion planting – tomatillos and potatoes

Companion planting tomatillos and potatoes, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Colorado potato beetle
Colorado potato beetle eating potato leaf

Plant Tomatillos with or near Potatoes to distract Colorado potato beetles.

Almost Homemade – Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Almost Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This is a quick and healthy way to stretch a package of instant mashed potatoes.  While we have tried the approach with a variety of flavors, the Roasted Garlic flavor works particularly well.

I usually start with a  16-ounce  package of frozen Cauliflower florets, but fresh cauliflower will work just fine if you happen to have it.

Cooking Process

  • Steam cauliflower, until tender
  • Mash the cauliflower, according to your families tolerance for lumps.  Generally, smaller is better.
  • Cook 4 ounce package of Roasted Garlic mashed potatoes  according to the instructions
  • add the mashed cauliflower, when adding package dry ingredients and mix in thoroughly.

Servings

  • Using this approach and following the 1/2 cup prepared serving size of mashed potatoes, you add 5 more servings, for a total of 9 serving.

Calorie Reduction

  • The calorie count, per serving, is reduced by almost half; from 100 to 54 calories per serving.

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