I grew up in a family where extraordinary cooking was an ordinary event. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized my mom was a superstar cook and a far more talented cook than any other moms I knew – and I had no idea. One of my favorite food memories is my mom’s mashed potatoes. I know, mashed potatoes sound like an ordinary item, but my mom’s were to die for. These potatoes had an amazing power to melt any worries away.
Since my childhood I have never, ever, ever tasted a spoonful of mashed potatoes that are nearly as good as my mom’s. People say the secret’s in the sauce, but my mom’s secret is in the white pepper and sugar! I am sharing my mom’s tradition and recipe today so that you might start a tradition within your family.
Today, as an adult, those mashed potatoes still remain my all-time favorite feel good food. For my own variety, I like to add a little lemon zest for a summery taste. And as mom did, I always dress my taters up with freshly chopped parsley.
My mom gave me this adorable vintage apron and has a matching one herself. Now we live miles apart, but as I slide on my apron and make her recipes I feel like I’m back in the kitchen of my childhood.
My mom had a way of turning the ordinary into extraordinary. I hope this recipe brings a little extraordinary into your kitchen!
Coming-Home Mashed Potatoes
1 ½ lbs red potatoes, washed and quartered (skins left on)
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
Salt and white pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
Add potatoes to a large saucepan and add water until potatoes are covered. Add salt. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer, covered until done. (Approximately 15 minutes or until a fork can easily be poked through them. Drain water and set aside, covered.
In a small sauce pan, warm milk, sugar and butter together until butter is melted.
Add warm sweet milk and butter mixture to the potatoes and mash, using a potato masher or hand held mixer until desired consistency is obtained. Stir in lemon zest. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped fresh Parsley.
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