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phgnome Donating Member (375 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:24 PM
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How can I fix my mashed potatoes?
I don't cook that much but I'm having people over tonight and I think I screwed up my mashed potatoes. When I boiled the potatoes the outside of the potatoes were ultra soft (I think I had the heat too high) and I assumed they were just as soft on the inside.

When I started mashing them, the inside wasn't very soft. It's cooked but I've been mashing them for hours now and it's still lumpy and I can taste a bit of slightly undercooked potatoey taste in it.

Is there anything I can do to fix it to make it creamier and get rid of some of the undercooked taste?
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:26 PM
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1. Maybe you could try to nuke them a bit.
:nuke:
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:27 PM
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2. add a touch of water and microwave for a minute or 2
then add 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup sour cream and continue mashing...
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:28 PM
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3. I always add sour cream and cream cheese to my mashed tatos.
I also always beat them with a mixer rather than mash them.
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:48 PM
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10. I add a tablespoon of Mayo to mine....
Along with pepper, salt, milk and butter.
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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:28 PM
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4. Bake them in a caserole dish
You could add a package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip mix to it, and bake it.
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:30 PM
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5. Start over......
Go to the store and get some instant potatoes ...use buttermilk and chicken broth for your liquids...


Later, you can practice.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:30 PM
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6. Mashing for hours???
Got a nice oven cassarole dish? Milk. Salt. Butter. Pepper. Grated cheddar over the top. Me, I like to mix spinach into it, but that's a personal choice. Then pop it into the over for however long it takes for everything to be hot and gooey and smelling delicious.

Mashing for hours, indeed.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:33 PM
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7. Be careful if you use a mixer, though. It is possible to overbeat
them and end up with a gooey potato instead of a fluffy one.

I just use a little milk, salt and butter, and a potato mashe. Potato ricers are supposed ot be the best.

Good luck.
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phgnome Donating Member (375 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:44 PM
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9. I don't even have a mixer
...wish I did...my arm's killing from mashing...
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phgnome Donating Member (375 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 02:36 PM
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8. Thanks, everyone
Thanks, everyone. I'll run to the store to get some sour cream and some kind of yummy tasting dip mix. I just put a bit of milk and half a bullion cube in there and it's nuking right now. My boyfriend's coming back with butter later. Why didn't I think of sour cream at the time?
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-04 03:15 PM
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11. Taste them incrementally!!!
After they're done in the microwave, stir, smash and taste.

Add Sour cream if needed. Stir, smash and taste.

Add butter. Stir, smash and taste.

THEN perhaps add a teaspoon of dip mix. LET THIS DEVELOP - you won't have complete flavor for perhaps 5 minutes. If they still need more flavor, then....

You get the idea!

Pcat
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