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Old 12-01-2006, 06:09 PM   #1
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Best potatoes for mashed potatoes?

Can anyone tell me what is the best potato to use for mashed potatoes

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Old 12-01-2006, 07:55 PM   #2
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I like a mixture of russet and Yukon Gold. On the other hand, I made a lot of delicious mashed potatoes out of red potatoes (they were cheaper) when my kids were little.
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Can anyone tell me what is the best potato to use for mashed potatoes
Personally I like a russett for potato salad. BUT, sometimes I like red potatoes though when I make a sour cream potato salad.
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Old 12-02-2006, 05:53 PM   #4
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Yukon Gold is best for mash, according to Heston Blumenthal's (who's a Brit) 'scientific' cooking experiments. It yields a light and airy texture with an earthy flavor. He didn't inlcude Russets in his tests though, maybe they're not available in the UK.
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Interestingly, I have never seen a Yukon gold tattie in ANY British shop, including Islington (London) where my daughter lives.

For mashing, imho, you cannot beat either Kerr's pink, or King Edward. For jackets, Marfona. For roasting, I often use Charlotte, a 'salad' potato.
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Old 12-02-2006, 06:16 PM   #6
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For roasting, I often use Charlotte, a 'salad' potato.
HB's experiments on roasted potatoes yielded a hands-down winner -- Maris Piper. Perfect crunchy glass-like crust and juicy flavorful inside. The King Edward came close with a better overall flavor but texture was poorer (chewy), and came up short on juiciness with far-from-perfect crust.

Of course, I've no idea what types of potatoes I buy. The potato labels here say 'Potato' or 'Imported Potato' and that's it. Potatoes with names? Whaddayoutalkinabout?
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Chopstix - I missed Maris Piper out of my list! I love SOME of Heston's stuff. I've eaten at his Fat Duck restaurant - and I've tried his snail porridge - not something I'll be repeating!
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Snail Porridge?
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:08 PM   #9
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yukon gold or russets
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Normally I use Russet. Have used YGs and Reds. Typically it comes down to cost, and since Target's generic brand seems to only carry russet, so it goes.

I have a recipe for garlic mashed potatoes that calls for reds, with the skin on. Good stuff!
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