One of my favorite home made side dishes that I do not make enough is mashed potatoes! Often I’ll use a pack of instant potatoes because they’re actually pretty good, and super quick and easy to make. But it never compares to the real thing – and if you think about it, it’s definitely cheaper per ounce to make it yourself!
My favorite way to make them is with lots of butter, a bit of fresh garlic and chives! It has so much good flavor, and definitely makes me think about home, and the holidays. Even in the middle of summer!
This side, as I’m sure it does most of you, takes me back to my childhood where my mom would often make us mashed potatoes. While her recipe was a little different, I’ve kept it pretty similiar with the addition of using fresh garlic and chives. It’s definitely a comfort food to me!
One thing I’ve learned about boiling potatoes, is that they can take FOREVER if they’re cut too big. It used to take me almost 45 minutes to boil potatoes that were halved into something that I could easily mash up. I’ve noticed that keeping them cut into smaller cubes gets them boiled through a lot faster.
It make take an extra 5 minutes in prep, but it’ll save you 20 in cooking!
I like a chunkier mashed potato, and I find that if I mash my potatoes by hand I can get the texture that I like. If you like a creamier texture then I definitely suggest using an Electric Hand Mixer. It comes out with a nice even consistency, plus it gets done faster. It’s all up to you!