I absolutely love mash potatoes. They are soo good with almost any type of meat, roast chicken is my favourite. Choose the right type of potatoes is essential, but sometimes even with the good ones you get a gloopy mash, that you feel in your stomach for many and many hours. So the secret way how to cook the best mash potatoes is not just to choose the right type of potatoes, but the right way how to cook them. On the Youtube, I found a video with Heston (the owner of three Michelin star restaurant The Fat Duck), his TV show “How to cook like Heston” is about taking ten normal used ingredients as chicken, potatoes, chocolate, egg etc. and show how to cook them to perfection.
This recipe is not hard (you just need extra 30 minutes) and it is absolutely amazing. You will never do mash potatoes the old way again.
Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking: 50 minutes
- 1 kg of potatoes (I used cream delight)
- 200 g butter
- 200 ml milk
Method, or the way I cooked it:
2. Clean the potatoes under running water until the water is clear.
3. Now comes the time to cook them slow and low and for that you will need the kitchen thermometer. Cook the potatoes in 80°C water for 30 minutes.
4. After 30 minutes drain the potatoes and cook them your normal way. Cook in boiling salted water for 20-25 minutes.
5. In the meant time pour a milk over the peel and cook it for at least 5 minutes. The peel has a lot of potato flavour and with that, we will get the flavour into the mash.
6. After 20-25 minutes drain the potatoes and leave them steam dry. Now it´s time to mash them and not just once but twice. First mash them with a potato masher, just a bit to crash all the potatoes. Then push the potatoes through a sieve. You will see the difference in the texture.
7. Add butter into the sieved potatoes and stir with a wooden spoon till the butter melts down. Then add the warmed milk and just slightly stir in with the wooden spoon. Don´t pour all of the milk at once, do it in two or three batches, this way you can control the amount of milk and make the mash just right. You will see how easily this will go and you will get nice silky texture potato mash.
The original video recipe here. (time 5:56 – 10:47)