Adding to DCB file
So after making the Loaded Baked Potato Chowder last week I got to thinking...why couldn't I make mashed potatoes in the DCB?
So I did. I just cut them in half, added some milk, baked them 11 minutes, moved them around and baked them another 10 minutes then mashed with the Mix N Chop, added milk and butter and voila - smooth, tasty, FRESH mashed potatoes, in the microwave in about 25 minutes!
I took them to my in-laws' house for dinner that night and everyone enjoyed them! And my MIL was jealous that I could do real mashed potatoes that quickly with so few steps!
**ETA - to clarify I baked them in the microwave!
Last edited by MLinAZ; 08-19-2009 at 05:37 PM.
GREAT idea!! THANKS FOR SHARING!! DH LOVES real mashed potatoes, but they are SO time consuming!! SOOOO excited to do this!
Did you peel the potatoes?
No I didn't peel them. I don't mind the skins (although my kids complain) and it's one less thing to do! Anything to cut down on the amount of work it takes to cook is my philosophy.
I made the loaded baked potatoe chowder and stopped micro. at 11 minutes, rotated potatoes, and then back in for about 10 min.
Turned out fine..but I will peel potatoes...
Second time I made it for meeting....
I thought I'd try to cut down a step by not stopping micro and not rotating potatoes...only problem I had was the milk boiled over in micro....at about 13 minutes...do you think it's because I didn't stop and let micro rest a minute...?
just curious...the potatoes will cook evenly in my micro without rotating the pototatoes in baker...so I didn't want to have to stop it...but maybe I do (just for resting time for a minute or 2)
I don't measure a lot of times unless it's necessary, but I'd say put in 1/2 cup which is what is called for in the chowder recipe.
Kreaser - I have no idea about resting/boiling over theory. It only takes a minute to rotate so I have rotated both times I've done potatoes in the DCB.
I made smashed potatoes once in the DCB that were SOOOOO good! The only thing is that I need to experiment w/ the volume of food and the cooking time, because I had the milk boil over. They were still awesome despite that happening though.
This is what I did:
cut up potatoes (I can't remember exactly, but I think it was 6 potatoes--the baker was filled a little more than 1/2 way)
3 cloves of garlic (I just cut them in half and tossed in among the potatoes)
Milk (covered potatoes 1/2 way)
I think I microwaved them for 10 minutes, checked them, and then added a few minutes. Then checked them and added more minutes as needed until they were fork tender.
Then I added cream cheese and a stick of butter and some salt and mashed it all together. YUM!
Amanda, did you use the mix & mash to do those? I have made potatoes with similar ingredients on the stove w/ the mix & mash, but I've never tried that tool in the DCB. Thanks!
Thank you! Wish I had 2 DCBs so I could make these tonight. I love that tool...
Yeah, I broke down and bought another one. I use mine so much, it was hard to always have it ready for a show. Plus now there's just so many recipes for it, I'd have dinner and dessert needing a DCB.
My Potato Chowder came out looking like mashed potatoes. I guess the milk amount depends on the size or amount of potatoes. It still tasted good but I ate it with a fork.
If you don't want to peel the potatoes, but think the thick brown skins are a turn off, I suggest using white or red potatoes instead. You'll have to make adjustments, but it should turn out fine.
My father has an occassional bouts with diverticulites (not spelt right?) and potatoe skins REALLY hurt him putting him in the ER. I always peel potatoes. I just don't want to take the chance of hurting anyone out there.
When I made mine, as I said it was FULL, I only used 3/4 cup of milk. It's more of a steam than cooking in the milk. Then I just add some more while I was mashing them up.