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Creamy mashed potatoes

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ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Tue 30-Sep-08 16:30:58

How can I make my potatoes creamy without putting lots of butter in them? I bought desiree potatoes by mistake and they seem a bit dry now I have mashed them. TIA.

oggsfrog Tue 30-Sep-08 16:36:47

Add a beaten egg or milk/cream

DrNortherner Tue 30-Sep-08 16:37:38

Plenty of seasoning
Whip up with a woodedn spoon.

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Wed 01-Oct-08 07:48:40

Thanks guys.

I put some left over cream in the potato and it was lovely.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 01-Oct-08 08:05:22

Why didn't you want to put lots of butter in them?! Delicious!

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Wed 01-Oct-08 10:37:20

Just thought lots of butter isn't great for them.

oggsfrog Wed 01-Oct-08 12:49:31

Isn't butter made from cream? hmmgrin

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Wed 01-Oct-08 13:05:06

It was only 1.5 tablespoons of cream.

Anna8888 Wed 01-Oct-08 13:07:46

The quality of mashed potatoes is dependent on:

- the variety and freshness of the potatoes (Charlotte are excellent for mash)

- how well cooked the potatoes are (they should be beginning to break up before you drain them)

- quality of butter (unsalted)

- creaminess of milk (full fat)

- decent seasoning

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 01-Oct-08 13:55:29

Nothing wrong with butter. Pure and natural, and lovely flavour.

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Wed 01-Oct-08 17:31:14

What would you say is the best butter to buy? I only use butter for mash and baking and always buy unsalted.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 01-Oct-08 18:54:13

Depends on your tastes! Which will probably also depend on where you live.

Northern folk (sweeping generalisation!) tend to buy butters like Lurpak - usually stuff that's in silver wrappers. This is called lactic butter, as it's made with a bacterial culture. This comes unsalted or slightly salted.

Southern folk tend to prefer butters like Anchor, which is sweetcream butter, and is usually in greaseproof or gold packaging. Usually a saltier taste than lactic butter.

bumbling Wed 01-Oct-08 19:03:00

My brother swears by gently warming the milk/cream first.

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Wed 01-Oct-08 19:48:23

I was given Lurpak as a child when I lived in Yorkshire and used to buy Anchor until I found out it is shipped from NZ. I live in the South of England now.

CountessDracula Thu 02-Oct-08 14:29:22

Anna I so disagree that charlotte are good for mash

They are a salad potato!

you need something floury - Maris Piper, King Edward, Desiree etc

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Thu 02-Oct-08 16:28:52

These were red desiree that I picked up by accident. They tasted much nicer than they looked!

Anna8888 Thu 02-Oct-08 19:02:18

Charlottes are very good for salad when they are small. But when they are big they make the most delicious, sweetest mash smile.

And I have a gratin dauphinois with Charlottes in the oven right now (to be eaten with magret de canard) and it will be delicious - melting but not disintegrated...

louii Thu 02-Oct-08 19:18:48

I like to put a bit of cream cheese, philadelphia or similar in.

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