Comfort Cooking: Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes
When it comes to comfort food, nothing's more indulgent than a huge bowl of homemade mashed potatoes. Practice this no-fail side dish for a fall favorite that'll have you going back for a second (or third) helping:
What You'll Need:
- 5 lbs. Yukon Potatoes
- 1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Freshly-ground black pepper
- Chopped chives
Step 1: Wash and scrub potatoes thoroughly, then add them to a stock pot with a heavy pinch of salt and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook covered for 40-50 minutes. Test after 40 minutes by sticking a sharp knife in the center of a potato -- if it comes out easily, they're ready to go.
Step 2: Melt the butter and heat the half-and-half in the microwave. Drain potatoes in strainer and allow to cool slightly. Once you can handle the potatoes in your hands, slip off the peels (this should be relatively easy) and transfer the peeled potatoes back into the stock pot. Begin mashing the potatoes and add the melted butter, heated half-and-half and salt. Continue to mash until smooth and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve with freshly cracked pepper and chopped chives.