There's nothing quite like a creamy mashed potato as a side. Whether you pair it with chicken, beef, lamb, or a vegie main, a luscious potato mash can really make or break a dish.
Here at Foodiful HQ, we're excited to be able to say we've just heard of a way you can make your classic mash even better. And the best part? You won't even need any extra ingredients!
Even if you've got the texture down pat, a mash can be let down by not having enough flavour. Traditionally, you would probably boil potatoes in water, drain, and then mash with butter or cream – right? Well, according to Food Network chef Tyler Florence, there's a simple hack to improve the comforting dish.
"Potatoes have a really delicate, beautiful minerality to their flavour profile, and when you cook potatoes in water and you pour that water down the drain, you’ve extracted all the flavour of the potato," Tyler told PopSugar. "I'll take the cream and butter and add that to the potatoes [with milk] and cook the potatoes in cream and butter." He also suggests you can add herbs and garlic to the cream.
That's right, folks – instead of mashing the potato in cream and butter after boiling, you can boil the potato in those ingredients. Why hadn't we thought of this?
"When the potatoes are tender, I put a bowl on the counter and a colander inside that bowl. I pour the potatoes through the colander, and the cream will collect on the bottom. Then I'll put the potatoes back into the pot and take the potato-infused garlic cream and fold that back into the potatoes, and it's the most incredible flavor profile. It's the best mashed potato you'll ever taste in your entire life," Tyler said.
With the Best-Mashed-Potato-Ever endorsement, we can't wait to try this hack! If you want to try it for yourself, you can find his original recipe here.
Sydney-based Hannah Oakshott is a tea-obssessed pop culture enthusiast who can usually be found showing people pictures of her two miniature schnauzers or baking sweet, lemony food. Hannah is on Instagram @hannah.mareeee