Okay, I have to tell y’all something. You won’t make regular mashed potatoes again after you make these smashed potatoes. They are just too dad gum easy!
And everything you love about a mashed potato without all that work peeling them.
I have to tell you how these came about. I was newly married and wanted to make mashed potatoes one night for my new husband. I came home late from work and without really thinking threw the red potatoes in the pot to boil. I came back about 15 minutes later to discover what I’d done. It was too late to doing anything about it at that point, so I just thought I’d have to make the best of it.
Oh my word, my thoughtless mistake turned into one of the best things I’d married since we’d gotten married.
And almost 16 years later, it is still how I like to make them.
Boil your red potatoes until they are extremely tender, about 30 minutes.
Smash them with your potato masher, but don’t worry about getting them really finely mashed.
Rustic and lumpy should come to mind when you make them.
Now add in your butter and let it begin to melt into your potatoes.
Add in salt and pepper.
And your milk.
And then just stir until it is all well combined.
Give these a try the next time you are thinking about making mashed potatoes. You know, they say that potatoes are a whole lot healthier if you eat them with the skins on them. Who knew I was being healthy all this time!
Have you ever had a mix up in the kitchen that led to a family-favorite recipe? I’d love to hear about it.