Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy

There is nothing that goes better with steak than mashed potatoes. If you are looking for thick, robust gravy to go with this side, look no further.

Mashed Potatoes
Taught by my mommy

4 potatoes
¼ cup half and half
¼ cup butter
Pinch of salt

Wash and peel your potatoes. Cut the potatoes up into smaller peices (about 1 inch cubes). Set aside.

Boil a pot of water. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and place your potatoes in the boiling water. Let the potatoes boil covered for about 10 minutes. When the potatoes are soft enough to come apart with a fork, drain the potatoes.

Put the potatoes back into the pot and add the ¼ cup of butter. Using a potatoes masher, gradually mix the potatoes in with the butter, half and half, and preferred amount of pepper. (Use the half and half sparingly and only use enough to give the potatoes the preferred whipped texture. Using too much will make the potatoes wet and soggy). Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!

Mushroom Gravy
Can of ready made gravy
½ pound mushrooms
Olive oil

Wash and cut thick slices of mushroom. Set aside.

Put the can of ready made gravy into a saucepan and turn it on low heat. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Next, heat a skillet and drizzle with olive oil. Place the mushrooms in the skillet so that they are not overlapping. Let the mushrooms cook on one side for about 5 minutes on medium heat.

Using tongs, turn the mushrooms over one by one so that they will not be overlapping (overlapping makes them cook unevenly and produce wetness). Add more olive oil if necessary. Let the mushrooms sit for another 5 minutes while shaking them up a little bit in with the pan. Mushrooms should be well browned on each side. Remove from heat and put the mushrooms into the saucepan of heated gravy. Make sure the heat is on low or very low. The Mushroom Gravy can sit for as long as needed on this setting. Stir occasionally.

When you drizzle the Mashed Potatoes with the Mushroom Gravy, I like to make a little crater in my mashed potatoes with my spoon for the gravy to have a place to go and not run awry. But I’m just kind of cute like that…

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