How to Elevate Mashed Potatoes

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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.

  1. Wash and peel potatoes then cut into quarters.
  2. Put in a pan and cover with water, add a little salt.
  3. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Cook until potatoes are soft enough to easily push fork prongs into.
  5. Drain potatoes thoroughly before returning to a pan and putting over a low heat.
  6. Add a large knob of butter, a dash of milk, and season with pepper.
  7. Use a potato masher to make the mashed potatoes.
  8. For really creamy and smooth potatoes, you can then whisk with a whisk or a fork if you wish.

Adding Flavours

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 fishcakessee the recipe.

 Bubble and squeaksee the recipe.

Corned beef fritterssee 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.

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RECIPE: Lightly Spiced Potato Wedges

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If you are looking for an alternative to chips or mashed potatoes, then potato wedges are a great choice as they are crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside and will give you your carbohydrate fix for the day. They are so easy to make that even those who claim not to be able to open a tin of soup can make potato wedges. This lightly spiced option gives an extra element of flavour to this delicious side dish. Here is how to make these with an easy recipe for lightly spiced potato wedges. 

Ingredients for Lightly Spiced Potato Wedges

  • 8 medium white potatoes
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • Salt

How to Make Lightly Spiced Potato Wedges

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ Gas Mark 4.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.
  3. Cut potatoes into wedges by first halving, then quartering, and then cutting the quartered pieces lengthways one final time. 
  4. Put potato wedges into the pan of boiling water to blanch for five minutes. 
  5. Drain the potatoes onto a sheet of kitchen paper to remove moisture.
  6. Transfer the potatoes to a baking tray and drizzle with the oil.
  7. Turn and rub the potatoes to make sure they are all coated with the oil. Add a little extra oil if necessary. 
  8. Sprinkle the potatoes with the salt and paprika.
  9. Put the tray in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and turn the potatoes to prevent cooking and make sure they are evenly cooked.
  11. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes or until crisp and brown. 
  12. Remove from the oven and transfer potato wedges onto kitchen paper to remove excess grease before serving.