If there's just one thing I do really well, it's make incredible mashed potatoes. My recipe yields a mash that is rich, creamy, and smooth on the palate. This dish makes a particularly great partner to pork, beef and even seafood.
Technique tip: Potatoes can be made an hour or so ahead of time. Just place a sheet of aluminum foil on top, pressed into the potatoes to keep them warm, after mashing. (This prevents the potatoes from developing a "skin" on top.) Also, to speed up cooking time, cut potatoes even smaller.
Swap option: You can use Yukon Gold or your favorite type of potato instead.
Special equipment: A potato ricer
Place the potatoes in a medium-size saucepan. Fill with cold water until they are just covered.2.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes, until potatoes are very tender and easily pierced by a fork.3.
Melt butter and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat.4.
Drain potatoes; pass each through a ricer into the same saucepan that potatoes were cooking in. Add in the butter and cream mixture, salt, pepper and chives and mix using a spatula until potatoes are smooth and creamy.5.
Season to taste and serve.