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Old 11-23-2014, 12:20 AM   #1
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Max's Famous Holiday Mashed Potatoes

This is how I make my famous mashed potatoes. My family, and friends always ask me for my recipe for these all the time. I am going to let you in on the secret.

I might make these 3 or 4 times a year, to get away from the dried out, crusty, mashed up, lumpy things that most of us make the rest of the year.This is an easy recipe to follow, with just a few ingredients.

You will need the following:
4 pounds Russet potatoes
2 sticks unsalted sweet cream butter(1/2 pound{has to be room temperature})
1/4 - 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream heated
slat and pepper to taste

You will want to cut up, and divide your butter into 3 equal portions, and let it rise to room temperature. Also heat your heavy cream in the microwave for 30 seconds. You wan it to be hot, but not boiling. Yes this is a lot of butter, but the ratio is still a lot less than that of restaurants where it is normally 2:1 (2 pounds potato: 1 pound butter) This is 8:1 ratio 8 potato, to 1 butter. So it's not all that bad! You only make potatoes like this maybe 3 or 4 times a year. You can have something to enjoy every once in a while. So here we go.

First things first, you want to choose potatoes that are about the same size.


Now peel them.


As you can see once these are peeled they are roughly the same size, but there still is some variance.



Since these varied so much in size, I did cut them into smaller pieces.


Then gave them a good rinse in cold water. This is imperative, to rinse off any dirt that might have gotten on them when peeling, and to get rid of any extra starch.


Now fill the pot up with cold water to the top of the pot, and rinse one last time.


Fill the pot with cold water to two inches above the top of the potatoes.


Add a good amount of salt, just like when cooking noodles, you should salt your water, but opt out of adding oil to the water.


Now turn your heat on high until the water reaches a hard boil, then reduce heat to medium-low until you can pierce a piece of potato, and the knife or fork releases freely from it.


Once your potatoes have cooked, drain them, and return them to a medium-low heat to dry them. Water is the enemy of mashed potatoes! Leave them in the pot, and on the heat for a couple of minutes.


Take an old fashioned potato masher, and mash the potatoes until they resemble normal mashed potatoes. This is our new starting point for the best mashed you will ever eat.



Now add in 1/3 of the butter, and use the masher once again.


Once you have the first batch of butter incorporated, add in the next batch and switch to a whisk, and mix until butter is gone. Repeat this step again with the remaining butter, and add in the heated heavy cream.


At this time you will be done, unless you want to add in some garlic powder to make garlic potatoes. This is also the time to add your salt and pepper, Make sure you check your seasoning's. There is nothing worse than mashed potatoes that are just blah.


Adding Garlic Powder. If you want to use minced garlic, add that to the boiling water. You do not want to add raw garlic to potatoes while mixing, the garlic will still be raw. Adding it to the boiling water will not just cook it, the garlic flavor will become infused with the potatoes.




If you want to add anything to the top, I would suggest only a bit of chives, green onion, or something simply similar. Here I add a tab of butter.
Voilà Fin!


I hope you all try this for your Holiday's.

I hope everyone has a Great Thanksgiving, and a good start to the holiday season. Be Safe out there, and keep an eye on your fires!

Best Wishes,

Max
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:21 AM   #2
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I dig the fact that all 3 basic food groups are represented here.
Fat cholesterol and salt.
Save me a serving I'd love to rub on my nipples

My buddies Mom said why does your food at cookouts taste so good I said because I use butter.......salt.......and heavy cream bases.

Not fat free this or low calorie that.....sugar free this

Good work man!!
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:23 AM   #3
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Hey, if you only have it every so often, it is not bad for you. If you had this every day, then yes I would say your time is limited.
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Maybe I should make you a good deal on my watch then.........
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I'll have two helpings Max, looks great, I'll save this one so next time I'm in charge of potatoes they will be Max's Famous.
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Great Plan!
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