Perfect Mashed Potato
This is now my standard all-time mashed potato recipe. To make a low-fat version, replace the butter, milk and crème fraîche with 5 oz (150 g) of Quark (skimmed-milk soft cheese) and 2-3 tablespoons of semi-skimmed milk.
|2 lb (900 g) Desirée or King Edward potatoes|
|1 level dessertspoon salt|
|2 oz (50 g) butter|
|4 tablespoons whole milk|
|2 level tablespoons crème fraîche|
|salt and freshly milled black pepper|
|Need help with conversions?|
This recipe is taken from How to Cook Book One
Use a potato peeler to pare off the potato skins as thinly as possible, then cut the potatoes into even-sized chunks – not too small; if they are large, quarter them, and if they are small, halve them.
Put the potato chunks in a steamer fitted over a large pan of boiling water, sprinkle the salt all over them, put a lid on and steam the potatoes until they are absolutely tender – they should take 20-25 minutes.
The way to tell whether they are ready is to pierce them with a skewer in the thickest part: they should not be hard in the centre, and you need to be careful here, because if they are slightly underdone you do get lumps.
When the potatoes are cooked, remove them from the steamer, drain off the water, return them to the saucepan and cover with a clean tea cloth for about 4 minutes to absorb some of the steam, then add the butter, milk and crème fraîche.
When you first go in with the whisk, use a slow speed to break the potatoes up, then increase it to high and whip them up to a smooth, creamy, fluffy mass.
Taste and, if they need it, season.
Return to Homepage
Visit the Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose
Click here to go to Waitrose.com
Copyright © 2009 Delia Smith/New Crane Internet Limited, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Bubble and squeak is a classic leftover recipe for greens, but making it rösti-style and adding some mature Cheddar adds a new dimension. These little individual rösti are brilliant served with sausages or leftover cold turkey and ham and a selection
Potato wedges are a good way of maximising the fibre and nutritious elements of a potato but can be bland. These wedges are anything but - melted cheese and spring onions make them special enough for a buffet.
This is the perfect accompaniment to gammon steaks, rich beef casseroles or spicy meat casseroles, and, as always, is great with bangers.
These are, believe it or not, low fat – just one dessertspoon of oil between four to six people, so not quite as wicked as it would first seem.
Celeriac is a winter root vegetable that all cooks should be aware of as it has a wonderful flavour and lends itself beautifully to soups, bakes, gratins and, here, mashed with other ingredients. Although raw celeriac browns easily, Delia found that this
Most Popular recipes
Flavours of France plus win Le Creuset cookware
Help - Jam makers
12 Dec 2013 21:34
12 Dec 2013 18:22
|Food and travel||
06 Dec 2013 14:13
08 Dec 2013 09:20
|Can Anyone Help?||
12 Dec 2013 21:22
06 Dec 2013 09:54
11 Dec 2013 16:30
05 Dec 2013 16:54