Mom's Scrumptious Mashed Potatoes
In Norway, mashed potatoes are called potetmos or potetstappe. Just about everything there have at least two names. It is the land of variety and choices. For most Norwegians, potatoes go with dinner like love and marriage. You will rarely have dinner in Norway without potatoes.
Would you believe that they eat potatoes with pancakes?, But I guess that is because they serve pancakes/pannekaker with tons of bacon, oh, and blueberry jam too.
My son says, "Mom's Mashed Potatoes are not just food, but an event." Even I think I do a pretty good job.
The kitchen is one of my favorite spots and
I enjoy trying out new recipes. Watching my own mom cooking over the years I sure learned a lot.
Often my guests ask me: "How did you make that? It taste so good?" And, of course, I happily give them my recipe.
1-2 tablespoons butter
1/2 onion, finely chopped
Green onions, chopped (optional)
Sharp cheddar, shredded (optional)
Chives, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste.
I usually allow 2-3 medium sized poteter, as we call them, per person. But if you are cooking for men, you will need more. Nobody around here seem to mind left overs either.Preparation
Boil them scrubbed or peeled in a covered pan of water with a dash of salt. Pour out the water when they are done; leave lid off.
I have been told that cooking them with peel on, retains more of the vitamins. I just found that ny sister-in law Marit also leave the skin on when boiling the potatoes, she said: "They taste better this way."
Increase flavor by simmer milk and onions in a saucepan until onions are soft. I always keep the onions in the mixture, but you can strain the milk to remove them.
Often people add tons of butter, but no need for that since you are adding other wonderful flavors - I keep it lean.
Mash them with milk, onion, sour cream and butter in a large pan and keep the pan on low to medium heat; stir to prevent burning. Add enough milk to make them light and fluffy.
Garnish mashed potatoes with chopped chives and/or fresh parsley; place butter in the center. Yummy.
To add flavor and appeal sprinkle sharp cheddar and chives on top. Pop the dish in the oven right before serving to melt cheese and bring it to a light golden color.
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