Wasabi mashed potatoes are on our Thanksgiving table every year. I find that regular mashed potatoes are just slightly boring (especially without gravy) and I really like the extra spice and depth of flavor that comes from adding a bit of wasabi.
I once brought these to an office party and they were thoroughly enjoyed by the whole group. Later, my BOSS came up to me and asked, "What were those lumps in the mashed potatoes?" Embarrassingly, I replied, "ummm....potatoes". The next day, he brought me a mashed potato ricer and told me that was the key for him to making the smoothest mashed potatoes. It was a game changer for sure. If you don't have a ricer, that's OK. Just make sure to whip the potatoes long enough to be sure to get out all of the lumps.
One question that comes up every time I make mashed potatoes is whether or not to include the peels in the final product. Traditionally, you wouldn't use the peels but the peels provide fiber and nutrients that you wouldn't get from the potato itself. Sometimes I chose to include some of the peels (for that extra fiber!) and sometimes I don't. It really is a mood thing.
One of the best thing about the ricer is that it is helpful in getting the peels off. I hate peeling potatoes! Instead of peeling them before I boil them, I wait until I push them through the ricer. As you push them though, the peels slide off.
I find that vegan and vegetarians really like these because of the added flavor. The recipe is easy to veganize using nut or soy milk (unsweetened!) and vegan butter (I like Earth's Balance buttery sticks).
I hope you enjoy these! They regularly grace our table year round but especially at Thanksgiving.
- 2½ lb yellow potatoes
- ½ cup milk (cows, nut milk, soy milk all work as long as they are not sweetened)
- ¼ cup butter (or vegan butter)
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 4 tablespoon wasabi paste
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Boil potatoes for about 20 minutes until they are easily pierced with a knife. Strain the potatoes.
- ) If you decide to not use the peels, use a ricer to separate the peel from the potato and to get a nice smooth potato pile. If you decide to use the peels, skip the ricer step.
- ) Put all of the potatoes into the bowl of your stand mixer and let it roll for about 5 minutes using the paddle attachment. If you don't have a stand mixer or a ricer, use a potato masher.
- ) Once the potatoes are fairly smooth, add butter, milk, salt and wasabi. They should smooth up even more.
- ) Add a touch more milk, butter or salt to get to the consistency that you enjoy.
- ) Serve hot!