Monday, June 17, 2013

Mashed potatoes are a simple dish

Mashed potatoes are a simple dish also a comfort food at its best.
Mashed potato is a dish prepared by mashing boiled potatoes.
Potatoes have long been considered a European staple. In fact, a lot of people living in Ireland and Poland would probably swear that the starchy tuber got its start there. While the potato was rapidly becoming an important food across Europe, in Ireland it was frequently the only food. Many Irish survived on milk and potatoes alone as the two together provide all essential nutrients.
Some sources say the actual recipe for mashed potatoes originated in 1771 when a French man named Antoine Parmentier held a competition on ways to make potatoes. Other sources say that it was the English who came up with mashed potatoes and gravy, somewhere in the 1600's.
Instant mashed potatoes are potatoes that have been through an industrial process of cooking, mashing and dehydrating to yield a packaged convenience food that can be reconstituted in the home in seconds by adding hot water or milk, producing a close approximation of mashed potatoes with very little expenditure of time and effort. Apart from plain mashed potato, they are available in many different flavors, such as onion, chive, garlic, and butter. Instant mashed potatoes are occasionally packaged with instant gravy.
One tip keep mashed potatoes warm until served..
Set your bowl of potatoes over a pot of simmering water, just like a double boiler. Cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap or (our choice) a dish towel. Give it a stir every 15 minutes or so to keep the mixture well heated.

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