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Old 01-03-2009, 11:25 AM   #11
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I always put a couple or three of peeled cloves of garlic in with the water when boiling the potatoes, then just mash them in after draining.....gives a wonderful taste

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Uncle Bob you slay me I thought every body put gravy on mashed spuds.

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Old 01-03-2009, 11:35 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Dave Hutchins View Post
Uncle Bob you slay me I thought every body put gravy on mashed spuds.
Well not everybody, and not all the time would be the correct answer I suppose -- However; a good gravy solves the plain taste issue for me --- Plus salt "to taste"

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Old 01-03-2009, 11:35 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Dave Hutchins View Post
Uncle Bob you slay me I thought every body put gravy on mashed spuds.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:36 AM   #15
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sounds like you need more salt. I always salt the water I cook the potatoes in. That helps lift the flavor. I also like to add some Creole seasoning for a bit of pizzaz. and white pepper.

Sometimes I toss garlic cloves in with the potatoes while they're cooking and just mash them all together. a bit of freshly grated horseradish is also a good flavor-lifter.

a great Lower fat version uses chicken stock in place of milk or cream and butter. quite tasty!
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:25 PM   #16
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Please don't take offense at this, because I certainly don't mean it that way, but living in Singapore, have you ever had mashed potatoes before? Because the basic recipe is really supposed to be somewhat bland. If you add too much salt, all you'll end up with is salty bland mashed potatoes - lol!!

I'd suggest you do one of two things: 1) add more salt & pepper to your individual servings of mashed potatoes - NOT to the entire pot, &/or 2) add other ingredients to "spice things up" - add garlic, cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, bacon bits, chopped cooked greens, gravy or any other sauce you're fond of, etc., etc. Experiment - that's what makes cooking so much fun. Unless you're working with really really expensive ingredients, the worst that can happen is that you don't like the current result & can easily try again.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:36 PM   #17
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Not sure, but perhaps if you add more salt ......?

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Old 01-03-2009, 01:53 PM   #18
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I like to add a little sour cream to mashed potatoes along with the milk, butter, salt and pepper. A little roasted garlic doesn't hurt either!
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:30 PM   #19
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Mashed Potatoes

All the suggestions should work fine. My husband says....you are an excellent cook...but your mashed potatoes...?????? not tasty.

I don't make mashed potatoes too often. As BreezyCooking suggests...try and try and you will get the taste you want. I just don't try. Aria
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I know it sounds decadent, but try using real butter and real cream rather than milk.

Even evaporated milk gives a richer taste than plain milk.

I use the garlic in the water idea all the time, and when I have sour cream, it is great.

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