Recipe For Mashed Potatoes

This month, the Crazy Cooking Challenge is to make mashed potatoes. I think my recipe is awesome (of course), but doing the usual, I entered the term into Google, chose pages from South Africa, and came up with a recipe from Real Men Can Cook. The recipe is written just like I imagine Fritz would speak. I decided to make lamb shanks for Dave’s birthday for the competition running on yuppiechef. Jamie Oliver suggests a celeriac and potato mash to go with it. But, celeriac is not in season in South Africa. I chose to use this recipe for the mash. I would definitely try it again with the baking powder, but I would use my ricer as I prefer not mashing them with a hand held masher.

Mashed Potatoes
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Mashed Potatoes

From Real Men Can Cook


  • 1 potato per person peeled and quartered
  • 15 mls cream
  • 15 g butter
  • 1.25 mls baking powder
  • salt to season


  • boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes – or until cooked
  • strain the potatoes
  • wipe out your pot and add the cream and the butter
  • add the potatoes and the baking powder and some salt
  • mash them using a potato masher – you may need to add a bit more cream at this stage
  • check the seasoning and adjust to suit your palate


I would steam my potatoes, but I used Fritz’s method here

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52 thoughts on “Recipe For Mashed Potatoes

  1. Ah yes, Baking Powder, the French Chefs way of making fluffier “Taters”..There are so many versions, and flavors to experiment with “Mashed” “Creamed” and “Smashed” potatoes. Personally, I’ve yet to meet a mash I didn’t like. This one I must say, with it’s fluffiness, thick gravy, and that luscious looking Lamb Lolly Pop is making me hungry.,
    Bless You

  2. Hi Tandy,
    Your potatoes look very good, my real man would just love them. Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen

  3. Recipes for mashed potatoes! Interesting, because that is one of the few dishes that I make that has no recipe – and I never thought anyone would need/want one!

    For one thing, there is practically nothing that can go wrong with them, except for one thing. This happened to my Mom. We were having important guests for dinner. She always made gorgeous whipped potatoes, and decided to serve them that night. As she was draining the spuds before mashing/whipping, they fell out of the pan and into the sink. She quickly scooped them up, put them into the bowl, and went ahead with preparing them. When she put them out on the table, they were especially fluffy, and light! They were picture perfect. Until we each took a bite. Apparently my Mom had forgotten that she had spilled some Ivory Soap flakes into the sink earlier that day, and when she scooped up the potatoes she had spilled, she scooped up the soap as well. They didn’t do much for the taste, but WOW! Did great things for their looks! 😆

    Seriously, though, I like to whip my potatoes with carrots. I boil or steam them together until both are fork tender. Season and whip them together with some butter and fat-free sour cream. Since the FF sour cream is much thinner and more “liquidy” than the regular, there is no need to add any other liquid. They are pretty, and delicious, and it’s a great way to get kids to eat other veggies – even my carrot-hating son likes these potatoes!

    1. what a lovely story! Thanks for sharing. Can you imagine the amazing photo that could have been taken of the very lovely fluffy mash? I also like mixing carrots into my potatoes for mashing 🙂

  4. Mashed potatoes and lamb shanks has to be up there as one of my top 10 meals! And am going to give the baking powder a go too…sounds interesting and am curious now.

  5. This looks so good, your picture makes me want mashed potato with gravy so much. The baking powder addition is interesting, I will have to try this next time, thanks!

  6. Stopping by from the CCC (#65) to check out your recipe. Looks incredibly good. A manly meal for sure. I need a ricer. I’ve never used one but hear such good things about them.

  7. Hi Tandy, thanks for using my recipe:)

    I thought everyone uses baking powder, that’s how my mom makes it so I thought that’s just the way it is! I’d imagine it helps make the mash lighter and fluffier.

    The lamb shank looks delish!

    1. It is so nice to learn something new! I tried the recipe again last night putting the potatoes through my ricer – and it really made fluffy, smooth mash 🙂

  8. Hi! I like that you have the lamb shank on top of the mashed potatoes. I think you’re the only one to have styled it with meat, which is what mashed potatoes needs. Lovely!


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