Everybody loves the creamy, buttery flavour of mashed potatoes, but there's a super simple way to make them taste even more buttery. All you have to do is add the milk and melted butter separately. Photo by Ernesto Andrade.
Most recipes for mashed potatoes will suggest you heat milk (maybe cream) and butter together before adding it to your spuds, but Diane Morgan, Beard Award-winning author of Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes, and food scientist Shirley Corriher found that this alters the flavour of the butter. If you want the butter flavour to come through, Morgan and Corriher recommend you heat up the two ingredients separately, then add the butter first. The fat from the butter will absorb into the cells of the potato, then the milk will loosen them up to give them a creamy texture.