Another day, a another make-ahead and freeze recipe from my Christmas Menu! Today it’s mashed potatoes, a firm Christmas or Sunday favourite and lots of people’s comfort food of choice.
The method I use is more or less identical to my Carrot & Swede Mash (forgot to take pictures so check out that post for them), I use a potato ricer, but with the fine screen. As well as stirring in cubes of butter I also add a few tablespoons of milk.
This made more than enough for Christmas dinner so I set some aside for our tea that night, Mince & Dumplings.
Potatoes – 3lb/1.5kg (peeled & cut to the size of a smallish potato)
Salt – 1 tablespoon
Unsalted butter – 4-6 oz/115-175g (cubed)
Milk – 2-4 tablespoons
Equipment: Peeler, knife, shopping board, large pan of cold water, sieve, slotted spoon, potato ricer/masher, wooden spoon
- Add the potatoes and salt to a large pan of cold water and put this on a hob at the highest setting.
- Allow to come to the boil, turn down the hob a little, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are very tender.
- Drain potatoes into a sieve.
- Put the ricer over the pan.
- Spoon the potatoes into the ricer in batches and squeeze. Alternatively, return to pan and mash with masher.
- Put the pan back on the hob, on a low setting.
- Scatter half the butter cubes fairly evenly over the mash, along with 2 tablespoons of milk, and gradually stir in.
- When butter is melted taste the mash and see how much more butter and milk you want to put in.
- Serve immediately or spoon into a freezer container and cool thoroughly before freezing. Alternatively you could leave it in the fridge for a day.
Defrost and reheat lightly covered in a microwave on full power for 2 minutes, stir and heat for another 2 minutes, repeat until piping hot. (SAFETY WARNING: If using foil trays decant into a microwaveable container.)
Alternatively reheat defrosted mash in a preheated oven (190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5) for about 30 minutes covered with foil for half the time. Stir halfway through and check it is piping hot before serving.
Check the seasoning once reheated.