Mashed Potatoes with Smoked Paprika and Chives
- Smoked Paprika Butter:
- 1 pound butter, slightly softened
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Mashed Potatoes:
- 6 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice
- Kosher salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Small bunch chives, thinly sliced
- Freshly ground black pepper
For the smoked paprika butter: Combine the butter, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl. Roll into a log, wrap in waxed paper or parchment and refrigerate until very cold.
For the mashed potatoes: Put the potatoes in a large pot, cover by 2 inches with cold water and add 2 tablespoons kosher salt. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender, about 35 minutes. Drain the potatoes, run through a food mill set over a large bowl and rice until very fine.
Put the potatoes back in the pot, place the pot back over low heat and, using a wooden spatula, stir the potatoes to dry them out. Begin adding the cold paprika butter little by little, vigorously stirring with a wooden spoon until the butter is incorporated. (Adding the cold butter slowly will create an emulsion.) Slowly stir in the warm milk mixture bit by bit, and then switch to a whisk and whisk until light and fluffy. Fold in the chives and season with salt and pepper.
Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay