Brace yourselves. These mashed potatoes may forever change the way you judge another bowl of mashed potatoes. What makes them so special? Well to start, they get a fancy, high-tech upgrade with this sous vide treatment. Rather than boiling potatoes in water, they get cooked in butter and milk (because why cook potatoes in water when you can cook them in butter?!) so the flavor you get is rich and intense, rather than watered down. A few cloves of smashed garlic and sprigs of rosemary infuse the potatoes as they’re cooking. At about 25% butter, these mashed potatoes are not an everyday kind of recipe, but perfect for special occasions, like Thanksgiving (when calories don’t count)!
If you’re not familiar with sous vide (French for “under vacuum”), it is a method of cooking food vacuum-sealed in plastic bags in a temperature-controlled water bath. This cooking method is commonly used in restaurants because it allows you to cook an item precisely, evenly, and consistently. Recently, with the number of home sous vide tools out on the market, cooking sous vide at home has become more and more popular. I’ve started working with one of those tools, Anova, so expect to see some more sous vide recipes trickling in on LMS! Not quite ready to invest in a sous vide machine? Here’s a great guide on how to hack a sous vide set up using nothing but a good thermometer and ziplock bags.
It’s most common to see the sous vide technique used on proteins, but I’m quickly learning how versatile this handy machine is! You can make vegetables really sing because of the gentle and controlled heat you can apply. You can make life changing eggs. In this case, you’ll find that your mashed potatoes taste like the essence of mashed potatoes because there is no water to dilute the potato-ness of the potato! All that butter and milk melds into every bit of those potatoes, and the infusion of garlic and rosemary adds just the right amount of subtle flavor. These dreamy mashed potatoes transform the humble potato into a dish fit for a king.
Smooth, buttery, and subtly laced with garlic and rosemary, these dreamy mashed potatoes bring the humble potato to new levels.
Recipe Source: LickMySpoon.com.
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