What goes better with meat, then mashed potatoes? But what is the best way to cook them? Should I just throw them all in the pot as is and boil them until done? And what about sweet potatoes? I have the answers to those questions.
There are two good options for making mashers. You could bake them in the oven just as you would for a bake potato and then mash them up with butter and milk. This method gives you a rich potato flavor. The drawback is that it takes longer and if you are already using the oven for something else (say turkey on Thanksgiving), then that won't be a good option. If you need to cook them on the stove top, then cut the potatoes into cubes. The cubes will speed up the cooking time, and make it less likely you will water log your potatoes. When ready put them into a large pot with enough just enough water with 1-2 teaspoons of salt. Bring them to a boil, then simmer until they are fork tender. Add the dairy of your choice, mash them up, and enjoy!
Now what about sweet potatoes? You could easily bake them, but that takes even longer than a standard russet potato and when you bake them you will lose some of the sweetness. Boiling them is a terrible option. Sweet potatoes water log really easily. So the only option left is to steam them. Cut them into chunks and place them in a steamer basket and into pot (or you could use a pot like the one below) and steam them for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are tender. Then you mash them up, adding dairy of your choice or as add what my wife likes - brown sugar!