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Avocado Mashed Potatoes




Who would think that avocado would be a great ingredient to add to mashed potatoes? The avocado provides the perfect creamy factor to make some of the yummiest mashed potatoes you will ever taste. No dairy products are required, yet these mashed potatoes still have the ideal creaminess and fluffiness.






What Not To Do With Mashed Potatoes.


Make sure to pick the correct potato for a mashed potato recipe. The chosen potato type should be relatively starchy to have fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes. Russets are one of the best types, soaking in the other ingredients well for a flavorful recipe. If you cannot locate Russets, Yukon golds are the second-best potato. The worst potatoes that can be used in mashed potatoes are red-skinned ones.


Since potatoes come from the ground, they can still be dirty at the time of use. If you do not want your mashed potatoes to have a muddy taste, it is essential to wash them off before peeling.


Do not add the cubed potatoes to boiling water! It will lead to an uneven doneness where the insides of the potato are more cooked than the outside. The potatoes should be placed in the pot at the very beginning for the entire boiling/simmering process, leading to an even cooking process, and the potato cubes will hold their shape better. Also, the potatoes' water should be seasoned with salt, like when cooking pasta. Not salting the water will lead to very plain-tasting potatoes.






What Is Good To Add To Mashed Potatoes?


Suppose you want to change the original mashed potato recipe or even this avocado mashed potato one. In that case, there are many options for whatever your taste buds crave. If you are a big fan of garlic, you can double or triple the amount of garlic a mashed potato recipe calls for, or you can even roast a whole head of garlic to provide an extra kick of flavor. You can add some vegan butter, cheese, or plain almond milk for extra creaminess. Sliced or diced jalapenos can be incorporated for some spice. For other flavor ideas, some great spice options include Old Bay, Everything Bagel seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or Italian seasoning.



What Happens When You Mash Avocado?


Mashing avocado and incorporating it into recipes will help to make the recipe smoother and creamier. Mashing the avocado up is extremely helpful for easy incorporation into sauces and dips/spreads.






Why Shouldn't You Heat Up An Avocado?


By heating an avocado, it provides no benefits. Neither the texture nor the taste will change upon being heated. A room-temperature avocado offers a pleasantly rich and creamy texture. However, once heated, the avocado will turn slimy and be like mush in your mouth.



What Is The Avocado Water Trick?


A viral “trick” has claimed that storing avocados in water can keep them fresh for up to a month. However, this is not true, and it is unsafe to do for your health. Bacteria can be found on the outside layer of the avocado, and storing the avocado in water can allow the bacteria population to grow, making it easier for the bacteria to reach the inside of the avocado as the skin becomes softer. If you eat avocado that has been exposed to bacteria, it can cause many unpleasant symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and nausea.




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Ali. (2018, November 6). The best mashed potatoes! Gimme Some Oven.

Cleveland Clinic. (2023, May 10). How to safely store avocados (No water required!) Cleveland Clinic.

Lower, C. (2018, January 30). Stop cooking avocados. Life Hacker.

York, P.S. (2023, October 17). 10 mistakes you're making with mashed potatoes. Southern Living.



Avocado Mashed Potatoes

Avocado Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 6
prep time: 10 M cook time: 10 M total time: 20 M


  • 2 lb Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 in. cubes
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pinch sea salt + more to your taste
  • 1/3 cup cashew milk (or plain cashew cream, unsweetened)
  • 2-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 1 tbsp vegan walnut parmesan (or nutritional yeast)
  • 2 large avocados
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 pinch sea salt + more to taste
  • 1 lime or lemon, juiced
  • 1 red chili pepper, sliced (optional)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped (for garnish)


How To Make Avocado Mashed Potatoes

  1. Scrub and rinse the potatoes well, then cut them into 1 inch cubes. Add them to a large pot and cover with water by 2 inches.
  2. Add the bay leaves, thyme, and garlic, and bring to a simmer. Season with a big pinch of sea salt (water should taste like sea water) and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until soft.
  3. Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow them to dry in their own steam for a few minutes. Discard the herbs.
  4. Meanwhile cut the avocados, discard the pit and scoop the flesh out. Transfer it to a bowl with the scallions, cilantro, chili pepper, and lime. Mix to combine and season to taste with sea salt and black pepper and more lime juice to your taste.
  5. Transfer the boiled potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Pour in the olive oil and mash until smooth and fluffy. Add the cashew milk or cream a little bit at a time and continue mashing until desired consistency is achieved.
  6. Stir in the nutritional yeast, taste and adjust seasoning with more sea salt and nutritional yeast to your liking.
  7. Spoon the guacamole on top and fold it into the mashed potatoes. Reserve a spoonful as a garnish on top.
  8. Sprinkle with the chives and garnish with more cilantro and extra chili pepper if you like things spicy. Serve promptly!
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