(Image from Williams-Sonoma)
A potato ricer! Who knew? (Okay, maybe I knew, but I didn't realize it made that much of a difference.) I've discovered the secret: Yukon gold potatoes and a potato ricer. I picked up a lovely, imported stainless steel potato ricer at an outlet store for around $10 back in November. I used it once, then my (very helpful) husband (who always washes the dishes when I make a mess) misplaced the pin that holds it together, so it was months before I could use it again. Well, I had a long, cold, rainy day today and we needed a real dinner, so I whipped up some chicken breasts with a white wine and sage sauce (inspired by a dish I had at Iron Hill) and some Yukon gold mashed potatoes.
I used the potato ricer and the potatoes were fluffy, light, and creamy. I highly recommend using a potato ricer over a conventional masher or an electric mixer. Oh, and go for the Yukon gold potatoes. Yes, they cost a bit more than plain white potatoes, but the taste is amazing. I love their slightly golden color and their smooth texture. When you consider that you can feed at least 10 people with a 5 pound bag of potatoes, it doesn't seem unreasonable to spend a few extra cents.
Get yourself a potato ricer. Yes, it's a one-task item, but you can likely find one for a great price and it makes everyone's favorite all-American side dish. You can't lose with that, right?