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
There’s a sort of honesty, a frankness, about these fork-mashed potatoes that we respect. We also appreciate how these puds are indulgence defined with their easy execution, deceptively rich taste, and lack of bowls and beaters to clean. 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.
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 30 M
- Serves 4
- 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
- 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. (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.)
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…
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
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)
Fork-Mashed Potatoes Recipe © 2010 David Tanis. Photo © 2010 Christopher Hirsheimer. All rights reserved. All recipes and photos used with permission of the publisher.
Slip a few of these roots into the pot along with the spuds.
- Celery root
- Rutabagas and carrots (known as rotmos in Sweden)
- Sweet potatoes