mashed potato

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Pounding them to a purée is a long-standing method of dealing with boiled potatoes: Mrs Beeton in her Book of Household Management (1861) gives a lengthy recipe for it which includes butter and milk. The first record of the homely abbreviation mash, coupled with its traditional partner ‘sausages’, comes from the early twentieth century. For those for whom the terms mashed potato or mash seemed a little vulgar, the twentieth century also came up with the genteel alternative creamed potato, and in the USA it is sometimes called whipped potato.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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