Super Rich Mashed Potatoes

Using a meat grinder for mashed potatoes may seem unusual but it's a secret to many great restaurants, rather than smashing the potatoes it cuts them very finely leaving a super fluffy mash with bits of the potato intact making for a great texture. This is ridiculously rich. We love it almost as a sauce as a smear on a plate with vegetables or fish.

Morgan Hass for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 25 min
Prep: 35 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 50 min
 
YIELD: 10 to 12 servings
LEVEL: --

ingredients

  • 2 pounds (2 sticks) unsalted cultured butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Put the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water by about 1 inch and add 2 tablespoons salt. Bring to a boil, uncovered, over high heat, and then reduce the heat to medium-high and simmer briskly until fork tender, about 45 minutes. Drain the potatoes, reserving 1/2 cup of the water.

Hold each potato in a towel or oven mitt (it will be hot) and peel by running a knife over the top; the skin will come off very easily. Quarter the potatoes and pass the through the finest die of the meat grinding attachment on a stand mixer back into the pan (or alternatively, through a ricer or food mill).

When the potatoes are almost done, heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat to just under a simmer. Set aside.

Return the potatoes to the stove over medium heat. Fold in the cream and reserved cooking liquid. Quickly fold in the butter a handful of pieces at a time, letting each addition almost fully melt before adding the next, until fully incorporated; it takes about a minute for each addition. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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