There are few dishes more soothing than a bowl of silky mashed potatoes on a cold winter's evening, whether as a tasty side option or a satisfying meal in its own right. Although mash is a pretty standard dinnertime staple, whipping up a deliciously creamy batch that will have diners coveting seconds is a far rarer feat.
Indeed, many foodies may well have been putting up with substandard mash for years, making the same mistake over and over without even realising there's another way. Luckily, a savvy chef has now come forward with her top tip for making the sort of light, fluffy mash dreams are made of, and you won't need advanced culinary skills to give it a try for yourself.
Rosemary Gill is the director of education at the Boston-based Milk Street Cooking School, and will often share her foodie hacks via TikTok, educating keen learners all across the world. In a recent vid, shared via the school's TikTok channel @177milkstreet, Rosemary, revealed one all too common thing that hinders home chefs when it comes to cooking mash.
Demonstrating her go-to method in an instructive vid, Rosemary advised: "Simmer your mashed potatoes in milk, not water! Potatoes are like pasta, in that they leach starches into their cooking liquid. In the case of pasta, you want to reserve some of that liquid to give sauce a luscious shine and bind it to the noodles. In mashed potatoes, cooking in milk, and preserving that starchy liquid, gives your potatoes a natural creaminess and allows you to skip the weighty heavy cream."
Showing off her own tempting batch in the clip, she continued: "Potatoes are like pasta, they release starches into their cooking liquid. That becomes liquid gold - allowing us to get lush, silky, creamy, mashed potatoes. When you throw out water that you cook your potatoes in, you throw all that starch down the drain, so you’re wasting it. The milk becomes our cooking liquid - and a replacement for heavy cream."
To the delight of those who hate fiddly washing up duties, Rosemary went on to reveal that she mashes her potatoes straight into the pot, with 'no mixer needed'. The hack has proven a hit with followers, with one approving person declaring: "You're a damn genius." Another attested: "This is how I have been doing my potatoes for years and everyone always asks how are my potatoes so good."
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