How to Use a Stand Mixer to Mash Potatoes

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If you don't see what the big deal is about stand mixers, just try to separate one from its owner. As they continue to surpass their mere, albeit wonderful, functionality with their dazzling array of fashion colors and sexy designs, stand mixers are rising from kitchen essentials to status symbols. But, you are still supposed to use them, not just admire them from afar. And you can use it to make one of the most cherished comfort foods: mashed potatoes.

How to Use a Stand Mixer to Mash Potatoes
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Things You'll Need

  • Garlic (optional)
  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Sour cream
  • Salt
Step 1

Peel, chop and boil the potatoes in salted water until they're soft and fork-tender. If you want garlic mashed potatoes, add chopped garlic cloves to the pot and boil them along with the potatoes.

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Step 2

Drain the potatoes in a colander and then pour them into the bowl of your stand mixer.

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Step 3

Fit the paddle attachment to your mixer and turn on the stir setting or one of the mixers lowest two settings to mash the potatoes until they're almost smooth.

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Step 4

Add warm milk and cream in a slow drizzle, followed by a dollop of sour cream and salt to taste.

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Step 5

Turn off the mixer when the mashed potatoes reach the desired consistency. Taste the potatoes and adjust the seasoning as needed. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

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Step 6

Transfer the creamy mashed potatoes into a warmed serving bowl, using a rubber spatula.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Do not over mix potatoes or use a high speed setting or the potatoes will become gluey.

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