Everyone has their own distinct way of making mashed potatoes whether it is simply adding milk, butter, and salt (which is always good) or adding a variety of different dairy and fat. When I make mashed potatoes for a potluck or dinner party and I’m not trying to be health conscious, I like to add a variety of things. First, I make toasted garlic and strain out the garlic pieces which can be used on or in something else or as a garnish unless I know I’m making the potatoes for a bunch of garlic lovers. I like to add the garlic butter, cream cheese, sour cream, half and half, and salt to taste. It is important of course to be somewhat conservative in the total amount of these ingredients you add so that your potatoes do not end up too runny. You can always add more of whichever ingredient you like. Lastly, my hands down favorite way to “mash” the potatoes (Russetts in particular) is to put them through a ricer. Ricers are relatively inexpensive and come in a variety of forms. Essentially, they push whatever you are working with through small holes to create rice-like pieces. Once you have put your boiled potatoes through a ricer, it is just a matter of stirring the potatoes with the rest of the ingredients. At times, when I am working with a red or gold potato and I want skin and/or chunks in the end product, I will just bust out a good old-fashioned masher. The only thing I am not super fond of is using a automated blender or mixer to make “mashed” potatoes. I feel like they end up gummy. Let me know your favorite way to make mashed potatoes, I’d love to hear about it.
I love having a taco night and I love using the leftover ingredients in the morning just the same. I usually do a taco night once a month, it’s sort of a lot of prep work the way I do them. I usually marinate the carne asada that morning then get home and put together various bowls containing cilantro and onion, salsa, lettuce, cheese, limes, and sour cream more or less. Sometimes I buy relatively fresh tortillas from the hispanic market down the way, sometimes I’ll buy masa from them and make them myself. When I’m up for the work, taco nights are great but I’m becoming more and more obsessed with using the leftovers to make some sort of breakfast in the morning.