Mashed potatoes are one of the simplest side dishes to make. It is a fantastic accompaniment to both meat and fish dishes and is a popular dinnertime choice in many homes. Not only do most people know how to make mashed potatoes, it is a good choice for people who have a limited budget. However, most people do not want to eat the same things over and over again, so it makes sense to change the way that you serve up this accompaniment if you can. Here are some ideas for elevating mashed potatoes.
How to Make Mashed Potatoes
Although I am sure that most people already know how to make mashed potatoes, I am just adding brief instructions for the benefit of those who don’t.
- Wash and peel potatoes then cut into quarters.
- Put in a pan and cover with water, add a little salt.
- Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Cook until potatoes are soft enough to easily push fork prongs into.
- Drain potatoes thoroughly before returning to a pan and putting over a low heat.
- Add a large knob of butter, a dash of milk, and season with pepper.
- Use a potato masher to make the mashed potatoes.
- For really creamy and smooth potatoes, you can then whisk with a whisk or a fork if you wish.
Cheesy mash– This is something my children love and is really easy to make just by adding grated cheese and stirring through.
Horseradish mash– This variation works best with dishes such as steak, roast beef dinners, or steak pie. Just add a few heaped tablespoons of horseradish to the mashed potatoes and stir through.
Mustard mash– There are several variations of this depending on which type of mustard you use. Just add three to four teaspoons of wither English, French, wholegrain, or Dijon mustard. This works well with both beef and ham dishes.
Herby mash– Add two teaspoons of dried mixed herbs or a herb that complements the rest of the meal, i.e. rosemary goes well with lamb, parsley is great with fish dishes etc.
Garlic mash– This works well with most meals but don’t just add raw garlic to the mash. Instead of adding a knob of butter to the mashed potatoes, melt it in a pan over a medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent the butter from burning and then add crushed garlic. Cook for a few minutes before transferring the garlic butter to the mashed potatoes and stirring through.
Onion mash- Similarly, you can add finely chopped onion or spring onions (scallions) to mash if you cook them in the butter first and then transfer.
Other Things to Make with Mashed Potatoes
Princess potatoes- Make the mashed potatoes and then use a piping bag to create swirls of mashed potato on a greased or lined baking tray. Cook in the oven on a high heat until the edges of the potatoes are turning golden and crispy.
Tuna fishcakes– see the recipe.
Bubble and squeak– see the recipe.
Corned beef fritters– see the recipe.
These are just some ideas for completely transforming mashed potatoes into a new dish with different flavors. If you have any other ways of adding flavor to your mashed potatoes or ways of creating a dish with them, then feel free to add your ideas into the comments box below.