Proper mash

Proper mash

By
From
Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home
Serves
4
Photographer
Patricia Niven

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
600g all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into 3cm dice
115g salted butter, finely diced
80ml milk
large pinch of salt flakes

Method

  1. For the mash, place the potatoes in a saucepan and wash in cold water to get rid of any excess starch. Drain, then cover the potatoes with water by 5 cm. Bring the potatoes to a boil over a high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. Remove from the heat and drain, then return the potatoes to the pan and leave on the stove top to dry out. Using a potato ricer or masher, mash the potatoes until smooth then whisk in the butter, milk and salt.

A NOTE ON PROPER MASH FROM MATT ...

  • There’s mash, then there’s mash. Chefs make really good mash. First up, you need a starchy-style potato as they make a fluffier, smoother mash. Try a Dutch cream, an otway red, a king edward or a yukon gold – when these are in season, they are no-fail mashing potatoes for me. Another key is to remove all excess water by boiling and straining your potatoes then placing them back on the stove and warming them over a low heat to steam (this makes the mash less watery in flavour and texture). Then there is the butter … add lots, you want the butter starting to separate from the mash before bringing it back with a little milk or cream (every now and then I add a wedge of spreadable cheese like Happy Cow in here too). Lastly is the amount of salt. A good chef’s pinch of salt with mash and please, no pepper.
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