You can't really get much simpler, or a more comforting food than mashed potatoes. They are a real treat around our casa, as I can house them like no other. I'm seriously a potato freak, and a good mashed potato is un-freaking-beatable in my world. I saw this recipe and seriously freaked because I've been wanting to try marsapone cheese foreva, eva! They always put it in desserts on the tv show Chopped (I'm a bit obsessed) but I don't do desserts very often so I've never found a reason to buy it. Until now.....
2 lb yukon gold potatoes
1/2 cup skim milk
5 T marscapone
2 t salt
Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Throw your taters in and bathe them until you can fork them with no effort...to the point where they fall apart when you throw a fork in there. Drain and add them to your new, sweeter than crap, Top Chef mixing bowl that you got from an awesome bridesmaid named Amanda for a wedding gift, and add the marscapone, salt, and milk with your new, absolutely awesome, Top Chef measuring spoons you received from a sweet cousin named Lauren. I also added 1-2 teaspoons of garlic powder (do what you can depending on the vicinity your breath has to be to another person's face that night).
I used my hand mixer to mash these babies up, but you can use a hand smasher, a Kitchenaid mixer, whatever you can get your potato loving hands on at the moment. The hand mixer made them sooooooo creamy (if you watch The Soup, I said that in my head like he says "Soooooo meaty" when it's Chat Stew time...Im horribly weird, I know) and decadent. I was SO PROUD (that was said in Coach Paul Rhoads voice in his famous speech after a big ISU win last year) that these turned out perfect...these were like restaurant style garlic mashed potatoes, you guys. Do you find it weird that I have other people's voices floating around in my head for certain phrases? I'll stop if I'm scaring you...I mean I won't stop hearing them, but I'll stop letting you know about random football coaches and tv show hosts narrating my thoughts. I would do that for you...
I'm cracking up right now looking at the final pictures. I had my plate all put together, a nice floofy (yes, that's a word in my inner dictionary) plop of potatoes with a fork in them looking like they're ready to eat.....I had my camera up to my face trying to get the right angle with no shadows (photographing after the sun is down is hard)....and Main Man was standing there watching me, grabbed the fork and smeared the potatoes across the plate right as I snapped the picture. I can't even believe he got his hand out of there in time! He took off running (knowing I would be in flight right behind him for payback) and I caught him quickly due to his uncontrollable laughter. He thought it was hilaaaaaarious...and I have to admit, I was laughing so hard at how funny he thought he was that I had tears streaming down my face!
Anyway...the morals of this story are:
1. Make these potatoes. They would be great for the holidays!
2. It's super fun to be married to your best friend :)