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The Benefits of Mashed Potatoes

Did you know that mashed potatoes are not just some popular everyday food, there are actually some healthy substances in the common potato? The main two ingredients in potatoes are starch and water. And some of that starch is resistant to enzymatic digestion that happens in your stomach and small intestine. That means that is comes almost intact to the large intestine. This has similar effects and benefits as eating food rich with fiber. I’m sure everyone knows how to make mashed potatoes, but there are a few tips and tricks to make it them better. They are all included into this mashed potatoes recipe.

For this mashed potatoes recipe we will need:
1 1/2 lbs potatoes (Yukon Gold are pretty good for mashed potatoes for instance)
4 Tbsp heavy cream or a half half mix of cream and milk
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
Salt and Pepper

First you need to peel the potatoes and cut them into big pieces. If you cut them into small pieces they will absorb more water and you don’t want that (tip no.1). Now cover them with cold water (not warm, tip no.2), add salt in bring them to boil. When they are boiling turn down the heat and let them simmer. Potatoes are cooked in 15 to 20 minutes. You can test them by sticking a knife or a fork in a potato and if it’s soft it’s done.

Drain the potatoes and put them back on low heat so all excess water evaporates (tip no.3).

Now add warm milk and butter (cold milk can turn your mashed potatoes gluey, tip no.4) and some more salt and pepper if you want. Take a wire masher and mash them. You are done. Here you can find more mashed potatoes recipes including garlic, cheddar cheese etc…

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