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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mashed Potatoes

I thought since I had ended the recipe for Chicken Fried Steak with the suggestion that you need mashed potatoes to go with the gravy that today would be a good time to give you my recipe for mashed potatoes.  A good way to calculate how many potatoes you will need to cook is to cook one potato for each person that you will be serving.  If you don't already have a potato peeler, let me suggest that you add one to your kitchen.  It makes peeling potatoes so much easier and quicker.  I'll go ahead and warn you that my mashed potatoes are loaded with calories!  They sure do taste good, though.  I believe Paula Deen would love 'em.

                                                     Mashed Potatoes

5 medium to large potatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick of margarine
1/4 cup milk
3 heaping Tbsp. of mayonnaise
salt & pepper to taste

Peel potatoes.  Wash the potatoes and then cut them into cubes.  Place the cut-up potatoes into a boiler, cover with water, and add 1/2 tsp. salt.  Bring the potatoes to a boil and then cook on medium for 40 minutes.  Remove one of the potatoes and check for doneness.  The potatoes should be soft.  Pour the potatoes into a colander and drain.  Return the potatoes to the boiler that they cooked in.  Add margarine and mash the potatoes with a potato masher.  Next, add milk, mayonnaise, salt & pepper to taste.  I use an electric mixer to whip the potatoes.  Pour into a pretty bowl and serve with Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Chicken, Tamale Pie, Pork Chops or the dish of your choice.  Mashed potatoes are a good side dish.  Amen.

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