Everybody has already experienced eating bad mashed potatoes: bland, super-thick and really difficult to finish. I have experienced quite a lot with mash over the years and I think I’ve found the recipe I really enjoy.
– A couple of potatoes
– Crushed garlic
– Salt and pepper
Cook the potatoes in salted water, mash them while still hot and add all the ingredients.
I didn’t give you the exact quantity of each ingredient because it’s totally up to your taste. If you like your mash thick, just half a glass of milk will do; if you like it really rich, you can put quite a lot of butter (really don’t hesitate, it will make a difference) and cheese. Don’t underestimate the power of your seasoning. I think most people are scared with salt and pepper but really, you MUST season enough if you want a good result. Nutmeg is mash’s best friend, it reveals all the flavours; don’t abuse it, just a good pinch would do.
I find that the garlic gives a little kick which is just perfect with potatoes.
When I don’t feel too guilty and that I have left over cream, I use it instead of milk and the difference is actually quite amazing.
The options are endless, you can add parsnip or sweet potatoes, egg yolk, goat cheese…
It only takes you 2 minutes to transform an old boring mash into something delicious so don’t hesitate.