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The golden rule for making perfect mash is to choose the right variety of potatoes. Usually called floury potatoes they have a drier more starchy flesh which after boiling will produce a lovely fluffy mash. Some of the most popular floury potatoes are Desiree, Maris Piper and King Edwards. It’s also essential not to overcook the potatoes or they will become water logged – if this does happen return the drained potatoes to the pan and heat very gently, shaking the pan occasionally until the excess moisture has evaporated.

  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cooking time: 15 mins

  • Total time: 25 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Flavour your basic mash with grated cheese, smooth or wholegrain mustard, horseradish sauce or soured cream, if you like.


  • 900g floury potatoes, peeled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 50g butter
  • 2-4tbsp hot milk


  1. Cut the peeled potatoes into even-sized chunks and cook in a large pan of salted boiling water for 10-15 mins until just tender. Drain the potatoes into a large colander and leave for 3-4 mins.
  2. Return the potatoes to the pan with the butter and 2 tbsp of the hot milk. Mash thoroughly until smooth, adding a little more hot milk for a softer mash. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

By Nichola Palmer

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Potato Parsnip Mash

Potatoes and parsnips mashed together with a little garlic, sour cream and butter make a surprisingly tasty side dish. The parsnips add a slightly sweet and spicy taste to the potatoes that I really enjoyed.

Hurricane Sandy is keeping most of us New Yorkers indoors today. So far I haven’t lost power so I figured I would share this recipe in case I do later (crossing fingers I won’t).

I had bought these parsnips the other day with no real plans for them, and decided I would try them mixed into my mashed potatoes. Parsnips, quite honestly are not a vegetable I grew up eating, so I never really know what to do with them. In the past, I’ve added them to stews and soups but I was pleasantly surprised how well they tasted mixed in with potatoes. My husband agreed, and they made a wonderful side dish to the roast beef[1] I prepared in the oven.

Do you have a favorite way you enjoy parsnips? Would love to hear how you prepare them!

Potato Parsnip Puree
Servings: 6 • Size: over 3/4 cup • Old Points: 2 pt • Points+: 4 pts 
Calories: 142 • Fat: 3.5 g • Protein: 4 g • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 4 g  Sugar: 5.5 g
Sodium597.8 mg


  • 1 lbs russet (baking) potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • pinch of black pepper


Cover potatoes, parsnips and garlic with 1 inch of water in a 4 to 6-quart pot, then add sprig of rosemary and salt and bring to a boil, partially covered. Reduce heat and simmer vegetables, partially covered, until very tender but not falling apart, 30 to 40 minutes.

Drain vegetables in a colander. Discard rosemary and mash warm vegetables along with sour cream, butter, pepper, and remaining pinch of salt, to taste; stir to combine well.

Makes 5 cups.


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Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

by Pam on October 10, 2012

My kids are big fans of mashed potatoes and they are always very happy when I serve them with dinner. I decided to change it up and bit and make smashed potatoes with butter, sour cream, and chives. I used Yukon gold potatoes because they are rich, creamy, and so delicious.  I served this side dish with the Italian Meatloaf[1] and the Sautéed Kale, Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Parmesan[2] for a delicious and comforting meal.  We all LOVED these potatoes and they tasted great (with the leftover meatloaf) the next day too.

Heat a large pot of salted water until boiling.  Add the potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender and cooked through.  Drain the potatoes; add the sour cream, butter, chives, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Mash by hand with a potato masher until creamy.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.


Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 25-30 min.


6-7 Yukon gold potatoes (leave the skin on), halved
3 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste


Heat a large pot of salted water until boiling. Add the potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender and cooked through. Drain the potatoes (leaving the skin on); add the sour cream, butter, chives, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mash by hand with a potato masher until creamy. Serve immediately. Enjoy.


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