Creamed New Potatoes

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Not quite mashed, not quite smashed, these potatoes are just right.

Creamed New Potatoes
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Cook Time:
15 mins
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
6

"It's the way my grandmother always cooked the new potatoes she grew in her garden." That's what Test Kitchen pro Ann Taylor Pittman says about this recipe-and we can guarantee that this chunky potato mashed will take you right back to grandma's summertime table, too. Falling somewhere between mashed potatoes and potato salad, Creamed New Potatoes have a slightly thicker consistency than a standard mash, keeping some whole chunks of potato for textural contrast.

For these creamed potatoes, we boil the potatoes until they're very tender, then stir them into a simple roux (a white sauce made from a base of butter, flour, and milk) until they break apart a bit. The result is starchy, creamy goodness. For this recipe, try to use small new potatoes: If you can only find medium-sized red potatoes, cut them into sixths or eighths so they have an easier time breaking down. Topped with fresh chives, this garden-fresh dish can be enjoyed hot or cold. These new potatoes would make a lovely addition to any Southern vegetable plate. Any leftovers would be great for breakfast with a fried egg and sausage.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red new potatoes, quartered (about 6 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with salted cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain.

  2. Add butter to saucepan, and melt over medium. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium, whisking occasionally. Boil, whisking occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in pepper and salt. Add potatoes. Cook, stirring constantly, until potatoes start to break apart and mixture is thickened, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with chives.

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