Microwave Mashed Potatoes is a favourite of my daughter. She loves the way it can be sculpted into shapes of various farmyard animals or landscape features such as mountains or volcanoes! This is one of the microwave variants of the traditional boil in the pan recipes which taste and look exactly the same as the conventionally cooked version but are twice as quick and require less utensils to wash up afterwards.
- 1 large Pyrex dish
- 1 to 1 and half kgs of potatoes of any variety
- Pinch of salt
- Start boiling six cups of water in a kettle
- Peel and wash the potatoes
- Cut the potatoes up into 3x3cm pieces
- Put the potatoes in the Pyrex dish
- Pour the boiling water over them
- Chuck in a pinch or two of salt and cover the dish
- Place into the microwave and cook on full power for around 12 minutes or until the potatoes break up really easily
- Tip some of the excess water from the dish into the sink. Be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water, so to speak.
- Use a fork or potato masher to mash the potatoes down into a smooth, stiff, creamy consistency
Microwave mashed potatoes goes great with lamb or beef casseroles and can also be used to top of a shepherds pie. With microwave mashed potatoes, gravy is a must. If you’re not able to get some from any meat you may have cooked, Bisto will do the job.
Microwave Mashed Potatoes Tips
For an extra creamy microwave mashed potatoes dish, after straining away the excess water in (step 8), add half a cup of milk, cream or butter while your mashing and mixing. To make it even more exciting, you can add a handful of grated or crumbled cheese or some finely chopped spring onions or black olives to the mix.
If you’re interested in mashed potato sculpting, here’s a clip from the Steven Spielberg classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” where Richard Dreyfuss (Roy) tries to make a mountain from his mashed potatoes…