This creamy mashed potatoes recipe makes my favourite comfort food side dish. Serve with a great steak, such as cote de boeuf, a classic roast chicken, some lovely sausages, or a crispy skinned fish fillet. It’s the perfect accompaniment.
I had many people ask for my creamy mashed potatoes recipe after seeing the mash potatoes that featured in my five-spice crispy pork belly recipe. A simple dish, my creamy mashed potatoes rely on a very simple formula: one kilo potatoes, 250 grams butter, and 250 millilitres of full cream milk. Add a good few twists of a salt grinder and you have a classic creamy mash.
I’ve always been fascinated by how chefs can make something so simple taste so fantastic. It was dining at Chef Joël Robuchon’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurant in Paris some years ago that I truly realised how extraordinary a great mashed potato can taste.
Another time was at Guillaume Brahimi’s Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne where Guillaume served it alongside the best roast chicken and chicken jus that I’ve ever eaten. He was kind enough to share his recipe, which I still make today, and which is the recipe upon which I based my creamy mashed potatoes recipe.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe – How to Make the Perfect Mash
There are two big factors in achieving the perfect mashed potatoes. First, it’s essential to choose the right kind of potato. Secondly, achieving a creamy texture is dependent on how much moisture you can remove from the mash before adding the milk and butter.
The best types of potatoes for making this creamy mashed potatoes recipe are Dutch Cream, Nicola, Desiree, King Edward, Bison, Ratte, or Yukon Gold. For me Desiree potatoes are the ones I most commonly use, but any that you can find that are ideal for baking and mashing are the best. Baking? Yes, because that’s one of the points of difference with my creamy mashed potatoes recipe.
While unpeeled potatoes (never peel your potatoes before cooking if you want creamy mash potatoes) don’t absorb too much water when boiled, the potatoes do absorb some water, particularly when you’re poking the potatoes to check doneness.
Roasting the potatoes not only dries them out more, you can more scientifically control cooking using a digital cooking probe thermometer to tell you when the potatoes are done. It’s really important to not over bake them so that only the outer skin is crispy.
Some creamy mashed potato recipes instruct you to rice (or mill) the potatoes and add the milk and butter (or cream) before pushing the mash through a tamis and reheating before serving. After a blind tasting in our Siem Reap kitchen, everyone preferred the texture of the mash potato made using the first method of ricer, tamis, then onto the stove.
A note on the use of cream in making mash potatoes. I have seen plenty of creamy mashed potatoes recipes that use cream instead of full cream milk. I find it a little too much and I prefer the way the milk blends with the mash. Besides, this dish is rich enough as it is. And on that note, you can make a good mash using half the amount of butter. But to make an amazing creamy mash potatoes you need lots of butter, no apologies.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 1 kilo Desiree or other potatoes mentioned above, unpeeled
- 250 ml full cream milk warmed
- 250 grams butter cubed and softened
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F) and place the potatoes on a rack in the oven
- The potatoes should take at least 45-50 mins to be baked through.
- Test with a wooden skewer – the skewer should slide easily though the potatoes — or use an instant read thermometer.
- The internal temperature you’re after is 100˚C (210˚F)
- When the potatoes are baked through, as soon as you can handle the potatoes (I use an oven mitt) halve them and using a dessert spoon, scoop out the potato flesh into the ricer.
- Rice each potato as soon as you’ve scooped it out.
- Push the mash through the tamis and then into a saucepan set over medium-low heat. Using a silicone spatula, constantly mix the mash until the mix is drier and ‘fluffier’.
- Slowly add the warmed milk a splash at a time. Make sure each splash of milk is incorporated before adding the next.
- If you’re not serving straight away, you can now take the mash off the heat and keep in a warm place.
- When ready to serve, add the butter a cube at a time to the saucepan over medium heat. After incorporating half of the butter, season with freshly ground salt and taste.
- Add the remaining butter and check seasoning again.
- Serve immediately.
Do you let us know if you make our creamy mashed potatoes recipe for the perfect mash as we’d love to know how it turns out for you.
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