Puréed Potatoes With Lemon
Lemon isn’t a classic seasoning for mashed potatoes, but butter makes an excellent go-between. This variation on French pommes purée is just the kind of dish that Ina Garten, who shared this recipe from her book “Modern Comfort Food” with The Times, likes to perfect for home cooks. Cooking the potatoes in less water than usual and gradually mashing in bits of chilled butter are the details that make the recipe special.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2 ½pounds large Yukon Gold potatoes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 1cup whole milk
- 1tablespoon grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
Step 1Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1 1/2- to 2-inch chunks. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Add 2 tablespoons salt, cover and bring to a boil over high.
Step 2Uncover, lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are very tender when pierced with a small paring knife, about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Step 3Meanwhile, cut the butter in 1/2-inch dice and put it back in the refrigerator.
Step 4After the potatoes are drained, pour the milk into a small saucepan and heat over low just until it simmers. Turn off the heat.
Step 5Place a food mill fitted with the finest blade on top of the large saucepan. Process the potatoes into the pan. (Alternately, use a ricer or potato masher, making sure the potatoes are very smooth before proceeding.)
Step 6With the heat on low, vigorously whisk the cold butter into the potatoes several bits at a time, waiting for each addition to be incorporated before adding more butter.
Step 7Once all the butter has been integrated, slowly whisk in enough of the hot milk to make the potatoes the desired consistency, creamy but still thick. Add 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Whisk in the lemon zest, reserving some for garnish, if desired. Season to taste, and serve hot. Sprinkle with reserved lemon zest just before serving.