Our family is really big meat and potatoes. We have to have one form or another with every dinner. You might think that it would get boring after a while having the same things night after night. Wait, who said we had the same thing? A couple of nights ago we have steak with fried potatoes (or as we like to say in Oklahoma, “fried taters”) and onions. My mouth waters just thinking about it. Last night I made an easy meal, my yummy meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes.
Now you’re probably thinking mashed potatoes are boring. You just boil them in water, mash them, add salt and pepper, and a little milk and there ya go. Not my mashed potatoes though. I will take the time right now to tell you why these mashed potatoes are sinful. They are far from being a diet food. I feed these to my nineteen year old daughter because I think she needs to gain a few pounds.
So now that you’ve been warned it’s time to make the potatoes. I promise this is so easy a child could do it. My four little ones love to help mash the potatoes. The hard part is getting them to take turns and to stop eating them before its ready.
STEP ONE: Wash, peel, and cut into one inch size chunks a 5 pound bag of potatoes. You may be thinking to yourself that 5 pounds is a lot. No sir or ma’am it’s not. You want leftovers for the next day. Just saying, lol.
FUN FACTS ABOUT POTATOES
- In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space.
- The french fry was introduced to America by Thomas Jefferson at a White House dinner.
- The potato is 80% water and 20% solid.
- The white potato comes from the family of tomatoes, chile peppers, and tobacco. The sweet potato comes from the family of morning glories.
STEP TWO: Boil the potatoes until tender. Then strain and mash. I use a hand mixer to take all the lumps out. Now comes the best part. Add 1 stick of butter, 4 ounces of cream cheese, 1/3 cup of milk (more or less depending how thick and creamy you want your mashed potatoes to be.), and salt and pepper to taste.
STEP THREE: Put it on your plate and enjoy the rich, buttery goodness of the mashed potatoes.
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