Mashed potatoes are very easy to make and all time favorite at gatherings.There are many ways you can make it, starting from just plain and to adding more flavor like with garlic,chives,cheese and so on.I usually use milk and lots of butter, and sometime I use cream or mascarpone cheese.
8 potatoes peeled,cut in half
1 stick butter sliced (1 1/2 if not using mascarpone)
2/3 cup warm milk
1 tbsp Mascarpone cheese (optional)
chopped chives (optional)
1 crushed garlic (optional)
Place potatoes in a pot, and bring to a boil.
Add salt and bay leaf. Reduce to low.
Cook until potatoes are done.
Drain the water,discard bay leaf.
Using hand mixer,beat the potatoes for about 1 minute.
Add 3/4 butter and mascarpone.
Beat again for 1-2 minutes.
Beat again until well combined.
Throw in chives and garlic.
Add butter on top. Mix when serving.