Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

The holidays are coming and one of my greatest traditions is making Rosemary Mashed Potatoes.  I like to start everything from scratch, and use what I've grown in my garden throughout the season.  I also like to keep the process simple, but also appreciate how things were done before there was modern appliances.  If I could melt the butter and boil the potatoes over a campfire, I think I would.

What you'll need:

6-8 Large Brown Potatoes (garden grown)
2 cups Whole Milk
3 tbs. Real Butter
Rosemary Seasoning (garden grown)
3 tsp. Sea Salt
2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1.  Peel, and dice the potatoes and add to a stock pot along with the 3 tsp. of Sea Salt and bring to a rolling boil over high heat.  Allow to boil 20-30 minutes, or until soft.

2.  Drain the potatoes being careful not to mash them when straining.  And add them to a food mill placed over a large bowl.  Make sure the bowl has a wider rim than the food ricer, or you will have a big potato mess.

3.  Begin ricing the potatoes through the food mill as shown above.  Use the dowel (if yours is this model) and turn along the edge of the mill.  If yours is a hand crank like HERE or HERE, then crank around till the all the potatoes are riced.  This process goes pretty quickly and is actually a lot of fun. 

This is a great way for kids to help in the kitchen as well and with the prep of the mashed potatoes.

4.  While your ricing your potatoes  take 2 cups of milk, butter and a bit more sea salt (to taste) and bring to a boil over high heat.  Once your potatoes have been riced they should look similar to the ones in the above picture.  You may need larger bowls depending on how many potatoes you used.  

5.  Add both bowls of the riced potatoes to a larger bowl and slowly begin to add your milk mixture.  

7.  Add in some chives (optional) and some ground, black pepper.  Next comes the Rosemary!  This is the best part of the entire dish so add as little or as much as you want.  

These are always a welcome side dish in our home and we love to have them with only the best main dishes.......



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