Mashed Potato U.S.A.
Mashed potatoes are a well-known American food. Mashed potatoes became a staple in America around the 1700s because potatoes were affordable and easy to grow. They were easy to grow and cook with a high vitamin C level, potassium, and fiber, meeting all of the nutritional needs.
In 1962 legend James Brown wrote a song called “Mashed Potatoes USA” while he talked about the dance craze making its way through the nation, celebrating all the different places he will be doing the Mashed Potato in. But maybe all the different places he will be getting a bite to eat.
3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
2 teaspoons salt, divided
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons half-and-half
1/2 cup (4 oz.) softened cream cheese
3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Bring cold water, potatoes, and 1 tsp. Salt to a boil in a medium-size Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender and drain.
- Bring potatoes back to the Dutch oven. Cook in Dutch oven until water evaporates and potatoes look dry. Mound potatoes on 1 side; add butter, half-and-half, cream cheese, ground pepper, and remaining 1 tsp—salt to the opposite side of the Dutch oven. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until butter is melted and mixture boils.
- After removing from heat, beat at medium speed with a hand-held electric mixer for 30 seconds to 1 minute or the desired degree of smoothness. Do not overbeat. Serve warm.
Mashed Potato U.S.A – James Brown
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