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Hey! How are you all doing? Today, I'm cooking some mashed potatoes, no big deal, mashed potatoes, they're pretty simple. Let me show you how to do it. Okay, I'm boiling some water, I might add a little salt to it. Then I'm going to take my potatoes. I just cubed them up, like so, I'm just going to add them to the boiling water. We're going to cook until they're done, just motion up. I keep my potatoes in some water after I cut them up, keep that starch down.
So as I start going on -- well, you just cook some potatoes in some boiling water till they get soft, and then we're going to put them in out bowl and mix them up, mash them up with some butter, salt, pepper, and some half-and-half, make them creamy and nice, and then we'll maybe throw a little cheese on them and call them mashed potatoes. Alright, we'll bring it back to boil and we're cooking some potatoes.
Okay, after you have boiled your potatoes up, I've been boiling these about 15-20 minutes, they are starting to fall apart, that means they're ready to go. I will just dip them out. You can just put it on a strainer and strain the water off however you want to do it. I'm just going to dip them out of there and throw them into my mixing bowl, where we're going to mix it all up. It will be ready to go. Okay, those are potatoes, they are hot and ready to go. I'm going to take a stick of butter and I'm going to melt it in the microwave. We want everything to stay hot, so everything we want to put in our potatoes, we want to be hot also.
Okay, I also microwaved my half-and-half, I have a cup of half-and-half right here, and a whole stick of butter. Now, we don't know how much we're going to use, we're going to use whatever it takes, our potatoes, depending on how much potatoes you're cooking, I'm only cooking about six potatoes. So just see how much it takes. I just put about half each in there, that's how much we're going to have to use.
If you want yourself some whipped potatoes, you want it real whipped creamy, put them in the food processor and whip them in your food processor and make some creamy, we have some half-and-half, much half-and-half as you want. They'll be creamy and smooth. We're going to hit this with little bit of salt, and we're going to hit a little bit of pepper. Then we're going to mix them up, mash them up, get them go in all.
Alright, like I said, depending on how many potatoes you're using, how much butter and that's how much half-and-half you're going to use. So after you've put a little bit and mixed them up, get them -- say, that looks like a mashed potato, I like the texture of it. Give it a little taste. That's good. If you decide, it needs more something, needs more salt, needs more pepper, it needs more butter. You want little creamier and some more half-and-half, little more buttery, add some more butter. I think this is about perfect, except for, they need some cheese. So I'm going to throw some cheese in here. I'm going to put about a half cup of cheese, it might be too much, but you know, can you really have too much cheese?
Okay, now I have them red, I've got my cheese in there, everything is good. Now, I have to do -- that's good. I just continue to whip them until I think that all the lumps are gone. All lumps I want to be gone, are gone and it's got a texture I want, and then we'll put it into a bowl and stick it in the oven and keep it warm.
Okay, you all know, it's almost impossible to keep your mashed potatoes hot, you've got to cook everything else too. So, what I'll do is take a casserole dish and just take my mashed potatoes and stick them into the dish here. Leave none behind, get them all, you all know. Alright, and just put into a casserole dish, and then, I can just set that in the oven, or if I can get ready, I can just microwave. They'll be hot when I'm ready to serve everything else.
Alright, so I can just put them in the oven on warm or take it out of the oven, turn the oven off and set my potatoes in there and my potatoes will stay hot, until they're ready to be served, or I can just wait and put them in a microwave for a couples of minutes before I serve them, stir them up a little bit and they'd be fine too.