Wednesday, April 14, 2010
How To Series: Make Mashed Potatoes using your Microwave
Okay, so a friend of mine gave me a great recipe for loaded potato skins, and in the recipe it says to cook the potatoes in the microwave, use a spoon to get all the baked potato out of the skin, mix in yummy ingredients, then put it back in the shell to bake.
So I figured, hey why can't I do the same thing to make mashed potatoes?! Not only will it save me time... I don't have to peel the potatoes!
I was worried the potatoes might taste different, in all honesty I didn't notice a difference at all! This is a great tip to use if you are short on time or just don't feel like peeling your potatoes!
Clean your potatoes.
Poke a few holes in the top of your potatoes with a fork. I usually stab each potato 3-4 times with a fork.
Pop them in the microwave! I have a baked potato setting on mine, but if you don't have one one yours it takes 15 minutes to bake 4 potatoes. I think this is an overestimate, and it could actually take less time. So check the potatoes after 10 minutes and see how they are looking.
Once your potatoes are cooked, cut them open to release steam and let them sit to cool about 3-4 minutes.
Using a spoon, scoop out all of the potato that you can! My potatoes were still hot, so I also used a clean wash cloth to hold the potato while I scooped out the insides.
Once you have scooped out your potato, place it in your mixing bowl
Add your milk, salt and pepper. I can't give you exact measurements, I just add to taste and until the potatoes are to the consistency that I like!
Whala! You have just made yummy mashed potatoes:
1. Without peeling the potato
2. In the Microwave!
3. In Less Time!