The holiday season is upon us, with feasts like Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner looming large. These traditional family gatherings tend to focus on comfort food, which is always more satisfying when it comes with a side of mashed potatoes.
Whether you’re playing host to relatives or just bringing a portion of the potluck, you’re likely to make at least one batch of this creamy concoction in the coming weeks. When it comes to making light and fluffy mashed potatoes in family-sized quantities—up to 10 pounds!—and in record time (as little as 30 seconds!) your Bosch mixer can be your best friend.
Following are a few mashed potato ideas sure to be a hit, but first let’s explore a pressing question. When it comes to mashing potatoes, should you use the whisks that come with your Bosch or use an attachment?
Whisks Or Attachments? It’s Up To You
There are those who hesitate to mash potatoes using the two wire whisks that come with their Bosch stand mixer, for fear they’ll break or bend. This is a misconception. The dual beaters on the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer, for instance, are more than sturdy enough to do the job. Some people have also reported success using one of the many attachments sold to make the Bosch even more versatile, such as the Universal Cookie Paddles. As is always the case with food prep, it comes down to the preference of the chef.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
There are few names as synonymous with holiday entertaining as Martha Stewart. So of course there’s a recipe for Perfect Mashed Potatoes on the website of this “Living” legend. Ms. Stewart didn’t get where she is by being haphazard, so she recommends some particular potatoes for this holiday staple: Russet, Yukon Gold or long white. The first two options are probably best because they are starchier, which makes for the smoothest mash.
Consider Optional Flavor-Boosters
Martha Stewart’s recipe calls for only two spices, fresh ground pepper and freshly ground nutmeg. If you want to mix it up further, the culinary website Tablespoon.com offers some advice on different flavors you can add to spice up your mashed potatoes. These include adding garlic and Parmesan cheese as well as creating a loaded baked potato effect using bacon, sour cream and green onions.
A few other flavorful mashed potato mix-ins include:
- Crumbled goat cheese or feta
- Cubed brie
- Paprika and chives
- Rosemary and lemon zest
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are synonymous with the harvest season, so naturally Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a popular alternative to regular mashed potatoes.
As indicated by their bright color, sweet potatoes pack a nutrient-rich punch. They’re rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene and chock-full of potassium and vitamin B6. They’re also just as easy to whip to fluffy perfection in your Bosch Universal Plus Mixer. The above recipe also includes a touch of maple sugar, sweetening the deal, and you can garnish your mashed sweet potatoes further with toasted pecans or walnuts.
Whether you say potato or pot-ah-to, you’ll love using your Bosch mixer to whip up mashed potatoes for those seasonal carb fests we call holiday gatherings. And once you’ve decided on your favorite recipe, you can whisk in any number of additional ingredients to take your tender tubers over the top.