Classic Mashed Potatoes Recipe. Make perfect mash potatoes for Thanksgiving by using a potato ricer. It does an excellent job of mashing potatoes smoothly, in one pressing.
The potato ricer, a staple in German and East European kitchens, was introduced into this country by Williams-Sonoma in the early 1960s. It does an excellent job of mashing potatoes smoothly, in one pressing. Then butter and half-and-half are beaten in with a spoon until the desired consistency is reached.
Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.
- 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 teaspoons salt, plus more, to taste
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 1/4 cups half-and-half, heated
- Freshly ground white pepper, to taste
- 1 Put the potatoes and the 2 teaspoons salt in a large pot, add water to cover the potatoes by 3 inches and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently cook the potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well in a colander.
- 2 Set a potato ricer over the pot and pass the potatoes through in batches. Alternatively, return the potatoes to the pot and mash them with a potato masher. Add the butter and gradually add the half-and-half, beating constantly with a large spoon, until the potatoes are smooth and creamy. Season with salt and white pepper and transfer to a warmed serving dish. Serve immediately. Serves 8 to 10.