Shabbat In 2 Hours: Mashed Potatoes
This is almost one of my non-recipe recipes.
My family loves mashed potatoes. However, mashed potatoes are something that need to be made fresh and served immediately. As I am time challenged, I find it difficult to make anything that requires precise timing. Up until now, I rarely made them.
This past week, I was so excited to have discovered cooking the potatoes in the crock pot. The potatoes cooked while I was at work. Then, when I came home, I mashed them just before Shabbat. In very little time, we had wonderful, fresh mashed potatoes.
I know that this seems like such a little thing. But, it was very exciting for everyone. Sometimes, it is the little things in life that count.
potatoes, whole and unpeeled
water to cover
salt, pepper to taste
olive oil, to taste
Optional: butter or margarine
Optional: fresh crushed garlic
Optional: spices as desired
Optional: paprika, for added color
Place whole potatoes in crock pot, and add water to cover. Since I made this early in the morning, I added more water than necessary, to avoid overcooking. However, overcooking is not a high risk proposition. Since they are going to be mashed, overcooking will not harm the final outcome.
When I got home, the potatoes were cooked, and not even over cooked! I peeled them, and mashed them, adding the cooking water to desired consistency. As I mashed them, I added the salt, pepper and olive oil.
The variations of mashed potatoes are endless. So far, I have not been too adventurous.
My plan was to leave some of the potatoes whole for a potato salad for lunch on Shabbat day. However, that turned out to be unnecessary. Everyone in the family devoured the mashed potatoes! I actually ran out. A definite hit!
Now, everyone is looking forward to having them for Shabbat dinner again. I am so happy that it will be possible to make this dish more often.