Ok, so they aren’t technically magical, but they are pretty darn good and always get eaten up in my house. Feel privileged. I am sharing my secret! (My husband calls them “love potatoes” because he says the reason they are so good is because of the amount of love I put into them-goof.)
Tips for Smooth Mashed Potatoes
One trick I use to make my mashed potatoes so delicious is I pay attention to the kind of potato I use. Since my recipe has Greek yogurt and milk in it, you want a potato that has more strarch in it. Choose a Russet potato for the best effect. Others may be creamier, but when you add in the milk and yogurt, you may find it leaves your potatoes soupy.
Additionally, think of potatoes like dough-you don’t want to over work them. They will tend to get less fluffy if you do. There is no real way to tell you exactly how long to mash them, but one thing I do to avoid it is use a hand masher and get rid of the big chunks before I add it to a mixer to smooth them out.
Magical Mashed Potatoes
(Makes a huge pot of mashed potatoes-I never really paid attention to how many servings, but my best guess is 10-12)
10-12 Medium potatoes, peeled and cut in half
about a cup of ranch dressing
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt, plain
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheese
2 Tbsp dried chives
How to Make Mashed Potatoes
1. Boil potatoes until soft, but not super mushy and drain. Put back into pot.
2. Hand mash (not with a mixer) to break up larger chunks. Add cheese and mash together.
3. Add milk and ranch
4. hand mash or use a mixer (I always hand mash-I like a chunkier texture with my mashed potatoes, not a puree)
5. Add a dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and add chives. Mix well and adjust to your tastes.
- 10-12 Medium potatoes, peeled and cut in half
- Onion powder
- Garlic Powder
- about a cup of ranch dressing
- ½ Cup Greek Yogurt, plain
- ½ cup milk
- 2 cups shredded cheese (I like sharp cheddar)
- 2 Tbsp dried chives
- white pepper
- Boil potatoes until soft, but not super mushy and drain. Put back into pot.
- Hand mash (not with a mixer) to break up larger chunks. Add cheese and mash together.
- Add milk, Greek yogurt and ranch
- Use a mixer until they are the consistency you desire. You don't want them super thin or like a puree.
- Add a dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and add chives. Mix well and adjust to your tastes.