To make sure that ‘monster mash’ only makes an appearance at Halloween, there’s just a few simple things to keep in mind.

  1. Follow the step-by-step instructions for boiled potatoes, ensuring the potatoes are very tender.
  2. Drain well and return to the pan.
  3. In a small bowl, combine some milk or cream with a large knob of butter and heat in the microwave until the butter has melted. Add to the potatoes and mash well.
  4. Season generously with salt and pepper. Serve as is, or add any other flavourings you like.

Make a personal variation on this classic side by adding fresh herbs, spices, crispy bacon, cooked peas, cheese, softened kale or cabbage, caramelised onions, mashed root vegetables, cooked chorizo, pesto, lemon juice…the possibilities are endless!