Weeknight Cooking

Mr. L's Mashed Potatoes

January 13, 2014

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: The best way to make mashed potatoes. Period.

Mr. L's mashed potatoes fromFOod52

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I know that you think you have the best method for making mashed potatoes, and I am here to inform you that you're mistaken.

The upside is that I've got you covered with Mr. L's Mashed Potatoes. I discovered this recipe over the holidays and have become mildly obsessed, because somehow this recipe manages to circumvent or cover the prevailing sins of the mashed potatoes -- gummy, overworked etc -- and has tremendous flavor. I love that you cook your tubers with rosemary. The mix of sour cream and buttermilk is both sinful and divine. Small nit: I am not wild about the texture of whole peppercorns; the second time I made them I just went crazy heavy with freshly ground black pepper. 

Mr. L's mashed potatoes from Food52

Mr. L's Mashed Potatoes by La452

Serves 4

3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1/2 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 large rosemary sprigs
3 to 5 cloves garlic (depending how big they are)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

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mariaraynal January 21, 2014
These are excellent mashed potatoes, and Mr. L, aargersi's charming husband, is pretty fantastic, too.
Cheva68 January 20, 2014
Hyperbole gets my back up.
Bill F. January 19, 2014
I use a Potato ricer,hand masher or a food mill to mash my potatoes.They come finish with a creamy texture .I no longer use a handheld mixer.
mary S. January 13, 2014
I can't find mt recipes and or profile/
mary S. January 19, 2014
never mind, I got it. Senior moments, oh hell, if only!