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16 Ways to upgrade your mashed potatoes (INFOGRAPHIC)

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

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Before we talk about upgrading your mashed potatoes, let’s start with the basics. First of all, make sure you're using the right type of potatoes. Avoid the red, waxy potatoes and use Russet potatoes or Idaho potatoes for the creamiest texture. If you're looking for something a little different, Yukon Golds make golden mashed potatoes that have plenty of flavor.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks. Boil them for about 15 minutes, or until they are very tender. Drain the water and return them to the pot. Use a potato masher to mash them, then stir in the butter first and then warm milk (start with 1/2 cup and add more as needed) until they are a smooth and creamy in texture. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.

Avoid the dreaded gluey mashed potatoes by mashing in the butter first and then the warmed up milk or cream.

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As you can see, the sky is the limit when it comes to add-ins for mashed potatoes. Have fun!

Recipe credits:

Ranch mashed potatoes: Hidden Valley
Creamy garlic mashed potatoes: Food Network
Cheesy mashed potatoes: Taste of Home
Bacon cheese mashed potatoes: Hidden Valley
Greek yogurt mashed potaotes: The Faux Martha
Hummus mashed potatoes: Gimme Some Oven
Loaded mashed potatoes: Taste of Home
Mashed potato stuffing: Mr. Food
Jalapeno mashed potatoes: Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Italian mashed potatoes: AllRecipes.com
Cheesy Tex Mex mashed potatoes: Simply Potatoes
Wasabi mashed potatoes: Food Network

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