Mashed Potatoes

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.IMG-20121007-00974


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


  1. Add the potatoes and salt to a large pan of cold water and put this on a hob at the highest setting.
  2. Allow to come to the boil, turn down the hob a little, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are very tender.
  3. Drain potatoes into a sieve.
  4. Put the ricer over the pan.
  5. Spoon the potatoes into the ricer in batches and squeeze. Alternatively, return to pan and mash with masher.
  6. Put the pan back on the hob, on a low setting.
  7. Scatter half the butter cubes fairly evenly over the mash, along with 2 tablespoons of milk, and gradually stir in.
  8. When butter is melted taste the mash and see how much more butter and milk you want to put in.
  9. 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.


7 comments on “Mashed Potatoes

  1. Comfort food at its best. Wish I was invited to your place for Christmas dinner! =) enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas

  2. This looks awesome. Very French actually:)

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