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Fork-Mashed Potatoes

In French recipes, this style of mashed potatoes is called pommes de terres à la fourchette, which sounds glamorous for a dish of humble home-style potatoes mashed with a fork. You can make them as smooth as you like, or keep them rough and chunky.–David Tanis

LC Maverick Mashed Potatoes Note

We rather like these fork-mashed potatoes quite a lot. There’s a sort of honesty, a frankness about them that we respect. Yet as much as we swoon for a simple mash, there are times when plain mashed potatoes just aren’t quite…enough. When it’s one of those times, turn to the variations galore that follow the recipe.

Even better, this mash can easily be doubled, tripled, or, well, you get the idea. When making mashed spuds for the multitudes and desperately want to save some last-minute fuss, we rely on the Julia Child trick to making them ahead of time and keeping them warm. You should, too. Just place your pot or pan of just-mashed potatoes in a slightly larger pot of hot, but not simmering, water. Balance the lid on top, making sure it’s left slightly ajar—the handle of a wooden spoon that’s been stuck in the mash works quite swell—and then forget about them while greeting guests, taking coats, shaking cocktails, and tending to the foods that do require last-minute fuss. Just before serving, stir the potatoes ever so slightly. If the mash appears slightly dry, stir in a smidgen more milk or butter or, if you’re feeling flush, both.

Fork-Mashed Potatoes Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds yellow-fleshed potatoes, such as Yukon Gold
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • 1. Peel and cube the potatoes. Boil them in salted water for 12 to 15 minutes, until fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 2. Heat the milk or cream in a small saucepan over mediumish heat until just under a boil.
  • 3. Pour the hot milk or cream over the potatoes and add the olive oil and butter. Use a large fork to mash the potatoes to whatever consistency you like, then transfer to a warm serving bowl.

Mashed Potato Stir-Ins, Add-Ons, and Cook-Alongs Note

  • Next time you feel like fancying up a pot of potatoes, turn to these inspirations from the intrepid team of Leite’s Culinaria recipe testers, who divulged their tried and true tactics. You can reveal your own favorites in a comment below…
    Stir-Ins
      Just stir any of these right into the mash…
    • Cheese, glorious cheese, whether Cheddar, Parmesan, Asiago, the blues (we could go on….)
    • Roasted garlic
    • Minced chives
    • Chipotles en adobo
    • Bacon and scallions
    • Chives
    • Peas
    Add-ons
      These indulgences can be added on in addition to or in place of the milk.
    • Crême fraiche, cream cheese, sour cream, or cream
    • Milk or cream that’s been infused with the essence of fresh herbs (simply warm the moo juice, toss in a few sprigs, and set aside to steep)
    Cook-Alongs
      Slip a few of these roots into the pot along with the spuds.
    • Celery root
    • Turnips
    • Rutabagas and carrots (known as rotmos in Sweden)
    • Sweet potatoes
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