It’s quite a statement to suggest that these are the Best Mashed Potatoes Ever. If you read my post on How to Steam Vegetables Without a Steamer you know that vegetables, and potatoes too, do not need to be boiled covered in water.
Potatoes taste much better just steamed in a pot with very little water at the bottom. Even plain they taste great. The reason is simple: all the vitamins and minerals stay in them, nothing gets drained out. Nothing gets lost.
Do not cook potatoes in water and drain all the good stuff down the drainage!
The variety of potatoes matter, too. Choose a yellow potato with a buttery flavor. We like the German Butterball potatoes with creamy and waxy golden flesh. Steamed these potatoes taste so good just plain.
Now, when you mash these yummy potatoes that are full of natural flavor, you get the Best Mashed Potatoes Ever!
Add any yummy things you like in mashed potatoes: milk of any kind, garlic, dill, thyme, herbal salt, and the list can go on.
What will make these potatoes the best is not what you add (even though it is all just so yummy), it’s what you do not take away.
We like our mashed potatoes simple, and serve them with a whole lot of whole-food plant-based mushroom gravy or cream sauce.
Let’s get started.
- 6 potatoes
- ½ -1cup water
- 1 cup milk (we use plant silk)
- Salt and any flavoring of your choice to taste (optional)
- Peel and dice 6 middle-sized potatoes.
- Choose a pot that will fit the potatoes, so that it is at least half full.
- Cover the bottom of the pot in about half an inch of water (use less or more of the cup of water as needed) and add the potatoes and salt if used
- Cover the pot with the lid and turn the heat to medium-high.
- When the lid gets too hot to touch, turn the heat down to medium low/low. Do not uncover the lid.
- Let it steam for 25 minutes then check to see if the potatoes are done. You want the potatoes to be well done. It this point there should be little to no water left at the bottom of the pot.
- Add the milk to the potatoes.
- Mash the potatoes. If the mashed potatoes are too dry (depends on the potato variety), add more milk till you get the consistency you like.
Bonus: whole-food plant-based gravy
Mashed potatoes do taste best with gravy, don’t they?
It is very easy to make plant-based gravy.
- Saute 1 chopped onion and 1 crushed garlic
- add 1 cup of vegetable broth
- Mix in a hipped tablespoon garbanzo beans flour (it’s gluten free and thickens nicely) and cook down to thicken
- Season with soy sauce of your choice, some nutritional yeast, and herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary whatever you like).
- Blend all in a blender till creamy and serve.
To make a mushroom gravy do the same, just add 1-2 cups of mushrooms to the sauteed onions. Blend part of it or leave all whole. Either way, it will taste great. Serve with red cabbage with apples and you have yourself a hearty meal.
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They do look like the best mashed potatoes in the world! I like the idea of steaming them so that the nutrients are not lost. And not having to add anything to them keeps the calorie count low, too. 🙂
Sure, if calories are an issue that would work great! On feasts like thanksgiving we often get to much, don’t we.
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
YUMMY! I steam as much as possible – you’re right, you can totally tell a difference in taste! And these look delicious!
Thank you Kristin, people who do it know it does taste better! Plus it is so much healthier.
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
These look delicious! And just in time for Thanksgiving too. Pinned. 🙂
Life With Lorelai
Mashed potatoes are a must have on thanksgiving, aren’t they. Well I like them any day :).
I really need to try this method of cooking veges. Since I read your first post, I have been meaning to try it out but my laziness and “used to ness” cases me to just put a bunch of water in the pot:=
I think “used to ness” is the main reason why veggies are still cooked in water. But just think if you stop it, your kids will have a no water “used to ness” ;).
Amanda Smith says
I never thought to steam them! I have a huge steamer. I am trying this! I’m all for keeping as many nutrients as possible.
If you have a steamer it will be even simpler. I cook potatoes in very little water in a pot, and it works.
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
Anna, thank you so much for sharing this AWESOME mashed potato recipe with the Home Matters Linky Party.
~Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
Kenneth Mclaws says
The easiest way for me to make mashed potatoes is too use a potato ricer. My ricer is probably 40 years old, but is still in great shape. I peel the potatoes, microwave them and then straight through the ricer, add milk, butter, season and stir. If I do steam them I still will use the ricer, it makes them so much more fluffier.
Oh yes, potato ricers are great for mashed potatoes, I find just a bit more work.
I wonder if this method would work with my small crock pot casserole?
It does work in the crockpot (Slow cooker), you just need more time.
Same principle when using the instant pot, one cup of water and no draining when done. Super fast, super easy, and super tasting!
Yes, and it only takes a few minutes.
please tell me what you mean by plant silk…cant find it anywhere. Thanks
Silk is a brand that produces plant milk. You can use whatever milk you like it does not have to be silk, in fact it does not have to be plant-based, it’s just what we like to use.