We all think we can handle making a classic recipe of mashed potatoes in our sleep or with our eyes closed, but it's not quite that simple. You've got to start with top-notch ingredients, and you've got to give this most classic of potato recipes lots of love as you follow the steps. If you take care with your ingredients and your procedures, you and your loved ones will be treated to a most delicious recipe for one of our favorite comfort foods, luscious mashed potatoes.
While everyone certainly has their own idea of what makes this dish perfection, and how and what to include in order to create this ultimate comfort food, our version is poised to become one of your favorite mashed potato recipes. The exclusion of the traditional heavy-hitters like butter and sour cream make this a lighter, healthier Mediterranean, but once you try it, you might never look back!
If you're in need of some true-blue comfort food pairings, try these dairy-free mashed potatoes paired with a generous helping of Sausages with Rosemary and White Wine, or the ever-comforting Traditional Italian Lamb Meatballs. Of course, you can't go wrong either with Pan-roasted Chicken and Grapes for a contemporary touch on a classic roasted chicken option. Any way you mash it, you're getting a fix of comfort food at its Italian finest.
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Prepare and cook the potatoes
Fill large soup pot with water and add salt. Add potatoes, and bring to boil. Cook until potatoes are softened and cooked through. Remove from heat, drain potatoes and allow cool slightly.
Once potatoes have cooled enough to handle, remove peel. Pass potatoes through a food mill, or using a potato masher, mash to desired consistency. If potatoes seem overly dry, use vegetable broth to assist with the texture of the dish.
In order to reach perfectly smooth consistency, use an immersion blender or food processor to remove all potato lumps you might miss with masher or food mill.
Blend the ingredients
Add olive oil to mashed potatoes and adjust salt to taste.
Blend well and thoroughly.
Serve dish hot as a side dish, or an appetizer.