Golden Mashed Potatoes

I think everyone has that one comfort food that soothes their soul no matter what.  For me, this food is mashed potatoes.  I love them so much and if you can make creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes you are my best friend if only by default.  I would have to think that when people read down through my list of foods to master, it may have been considered odd that I included mashed potatoes.  How hard are they, really?  Unless you’re all fancy and stuff, they’re simply some cooked tubers, butter, milk, salt and pepper.  But for me the sign of a really good mashed potato is that they reheat nicely.  You see, I don’t like to just make a few potatoes to be eaten for one meal and then forgotten.  I like to be able to sneak into the fridge and have a bowlful at 2 in the morning.  I want to be able to reheat them and not have a starchy mass settling on my plate.  Finally, after literally years of experimenting with potatoes, add-ins, and utensils, I have found myself a winner.
The difference lies in the fact that there are 3 kinds of potatoes in this dish: regular baking potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes and sweet potato.  The addition of the sweet potato gave me the consistency that I’ve been searching for, but it did change the color dramatically.  I’ve decided that this makes my dish special and with the added Vitamin A, I’m willing to let go of the ideal white potato cloud.
Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 lb regular baking potatoes
  • 1 lb Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 large Sweet potato
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
Peel all the potatoes and then roughly chop them.  Place them carefully in a stockpot of boiling, salted water and cook until they are easily pierced with a fork.  Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, reserving the water in case you want thinner potatoes.  Put the potatoes in a bowl and beat on medium with an electric mixer.  Once they have mashed part way, add in the butter and sour cream.  Continue to beat them until they are fluffy and smooth.  Season to your taste.  To reheat, simply warm and if desired add some butter!

For your cheflet:  This is the easiest baby food ever and you have the bonus of 2 foods in one.  Feel free to plop a spoonful on your little one’s plate (as long as you are certain they have no reactions to any of the potatoes) and watch them enjoy the sensations of squishing the potatoes through their fingers before they taste!

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