My favorite thing to eat on the entire planet is anything potato related. Potato pancakes, hash browns, french fries, potato chips, forget it. I could eat pounds of it all. Like I could eat a family size bag of potato chips by myself and be so happy!
Anyway, this is recipe for Mashed Popotoes inspired by FFXIV is the ONLY mashed potato recipe you’ll need. I used Yukon gold potatoes both for the color to replicate the in-game graphic, and to create the creamiest mashed potato. Russets and reds are acceptable for mashed potatoes, but I find there’s a little bit of dryness and grit to them whereas the Yukon golds are more waxy, creating a more velvety result.
The in-game recipe uses sweet cream and cottage cheese, but lets face it, that’s gross. Instead I substituted for heavy cream and sour cream to keep it as close to the original recipe as possible. It also calls for Garlean Garlic, and I opted to use garlic powder for this. I prefer the flavor garlic powder adds to mashed potatoes as opposed to raw chopped garlic. Lastly, the graphic depicts some little spice bits incorporated into the popotoes. For this I used freshly minced parsley because it adds a lovely extra zing to the side dish. Since there aren’t too many little flecks in the in-game dish I also chose to use white pepper instead of black pepper. The white pepper blends into the potatoes whereas the black pepper would create too many little flecks, resulting in INACCURACY!
Here’s a fun tip for when you’re boiling your potatoes, and no it’s not an old wives tale. Placing a wooden spoon over the pot during the boiling process helps prevent the dreaded over boil. My OCD can’t handle the over boil, so this is a must for me. It helps in two ways:
1.) It pops the bubbles that come into contact with the spoon.
2.) When at room temperature, your spoon is below the boiling temperature of water. At 212ºF, water begins to turn to steam. When the steam comes into contact with the spoon, the heat will transfer to the spoon, cooling the steam and decreasing its temperature below 212ºF, thus turning it back to water.
Obligatory comparison photo
And now it’s time to put our Culinarian talents to work and make some Mashed Popotoes!
LOOT: 6 SERVINGS | QUEST TIMER: 30 MINUTES
2 lb. Yukon gold popotoes, peeled, quartered
pinch of salt
4 tbsp Smooth Butter, softened
2/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp garlic powder (Garlean)
4 tsp fresh minced parsley
knife and board
1.) In a medium pot, add the quartered potatoes and a pinch of salt. Fill with water, set over a medium high flame, cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the lid and place a wooden spoon atop the pot to prevent over boiling. Boil for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
2.) Once done, remove from heat and drain the water from the potatoes. Add the butter, sour cream, heavy cream, salt, white pepper, garlic powder, and parsley. Using a hand mixer, mix until smooth, light, and airy – starting on a low setting and gradually increasing to high, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately.
Inspired by “Final Fantasy XIV”