How Great are These Mashed Potatoes? Take One Bite and You’ll Have the Answer.
Mashed potatoes are probably one of the most beloved foods of all time. Everyone makes them. But they’ve never been a particular favorite of mine. They’ve always struck me as boring. I’m happy with the first couple of bites, but after that, I’m kind of over it. So, awhile ago I set out to make some that I would actually love and here they are. I first mash a couple pounds of potatoes, russets or Yukon Golds, with butter, cream, and salt, stir in some sliced scallions, cover them and put them to the side while I make the topping.
I use the Indian technique for blooming spices in ghee, called tadka. When making my ghee I take it as far as I can go before burning the solids. I like mine to have the full flavor of the browned butter. I always use a pound of butter when making ghee because it keeps in a jar in the fridge for a long time and that way I’ll always have it on hand. You can easily make only the required amount for this recipe – 4 tablespoons. I will include directions for making the ghee in the recipe.
After melting the ghee in a small skillet, I add both black and brown mustard seeds and cook them until they pop. I then add smoked sweet paprika, let it cook for no longer than a minute before removing it from the heat, making sure it doesn’t burn. After putting the potatoes into a serving bowl, I pour over the tadka, letting it pool in spots, and finish it with additional sliced scallions. I don’t stir the tadka into the potatoes. I want everyone to get a small pool of the gorgeous browned butter in their serving.
In my humble opinion, these potatoes can’t get any better. I never ever say that any particular recipe is the “best”, and I won’t do it now. But these potatoes? Well, I highly recommend you give them a try and let me know what you think.
I just saved this recipe on Pinterest under HOLIDAY FOOD IDEAS and also under EAT YOUR VEGGIES. But I’ll be sure to try these potatoes long before Christmas or Thanksgiving! They look fabulous. Thanks, Renee.
Thank you so much, Irene! I can’t wait to hear how you like them. You’re so very welcome!
Hi! Thank you so much for sharing!
I was wondering. If I can’t get smoked sweet paprika can I use smoked or sweet paprika?
Cary, smoked paprika is the same thing as sweet smoked paprika. You want to be sure to use smoked paprika here. Hope you enjoy it!
Shall I say these look good? Nope, they look delicious!! OMG. They would be wonderful for a Christmas Eve dinner, or any night. Wait until Pat sees them. Yummmm.
A Christmas Eve dinner, you say? Hmmmmmm…😅 I promise these will be on the menu! Thank you, Christina!!