Folks have made a lot of talk the past few years about comfort food, I think it is all about what you grew up eating.
Take my Mommas mashed potatoes for instance. I knew just looking at the bowl that it was the real deal, not instant. Even today, my preference of mashed potatoes is a bowl full of creamy, buttery and whipped potatoes with just the right amount of small lumps that fills my mouth with comforting gratification.
Momma's Lumpy Mashed Potatoes
2 pounds yellow or Idaho potatoes -peeled and quartered
1 1/4 cups whole milk or buttermilk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Place potatoes in medium pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch - bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer uncovered until fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in a colander until dry. Return about half of potatoes to the pot; add milk, butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Whip with a hand mixer or heavy fork until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add remaining potatoes and beat until desired consistancy. Place in a covered dish and keep warm.
This is good by itself or with your favorite gravy. Also great with sautéd onions.
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