77 comments

  1. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 9:22 am

    This is seriously speaking to me… I mean that 2 piece leg meal..Hello.. I need these mashed potatoes on a biscuit with crispy fried chicken pieces mixed in.. Ah-mazing!

  2. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

    lady, i hear you with the childhood kfc experiences. ALL UP IN THAT! only i was more of a two piece chicken tender girl with a biscuit and mac and cheese!!! oh hell ya.

    i think in one of jeffrey steingarten’s books he has an entire chapter on the perfect mashed potatoes.

    i love your use of sage in this, and those photos, GORGEOUS!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

      OK, I just read Jeffrey Steingarten’s life story and he might be my idol. Lawyer turned food critic? Someone tell me how that’s done, thanks. And also, KFC MAC & CHEESE? I need to diversify my fried chix experience.

      Thank you, friend! <3

  3. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

    i haven’t had KFC in years, and man, i loved their coleslaw. i’m whatever about mashed potatoes, but methinks the addition of garlic and sage brown butter takes it to the next level. like you, i’m fine with using a fork to mash my taters but dw loves his ricer and likes to bust it out whenever we need to mash something.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Oh my lord I LOVED their coleslaw too! High five on the coleslaw and whatever-potatoes-mashed-with-a-fork. A potato ricer and/or a masher have been on my list of things to buy for forever, but … alas.

  4. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This looks amazing! I also feel the same way of mash potatoes and vanilla extract! I appreciate their potential when they are accompanied by other components, but not on their own so much. This version of mash potatoes seem to be great just on their own though!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 11:30 am

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels that way! This was definitely the first time I felt totally content going to town on mashed potatoes all by themselves … it was strange and novel, but awesome. haha. ;) Thank you so much, Vane! :)

  5. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Haha, you know I don’t think I’ve ever eaten KFC – my Dad once took us into McDonalds, sat down and waited for a menu. So embarrassing at the time, but kind of charming that he had no idea about fast food.
    I LOVE brown butter in mashed potatoes and can imagine the sage works so wonderfully too. Yum.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Hahaha I am so touched by this, Kate!!! Charming indeed. I have a soft spot in my heart for dad goofs, however silly they may be. Thanks for your kind words :)

  6. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Cynthia, your photos are insaneeeee. I’ve never not been a fan of mashed potatoes (thanks to my dad probably loading them up with butter + cream during my childhood) but these take things to a whole other level!! Have you ever tried miso mashed potatoes? I tried them for this first time this past Thanksgiving and they were excellent!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

      MISO MASHED POTATOES.

      ERIKA. omg omg omg omg. OMG. I can’t even think about anything else anymore. This just blew my mind. A friend of mine just put miso into her Kraft mac & cheese last week, actually, which also blew my mind. Miso in everything!! And, also, thank you as always for your wonderfully sweet words <3

  7. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I really do like mashed potatoes but usually go the “regular” (meaning boring?) route of “Boil potatoes, peel, mash, some milk, a piece of butter, a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mash, mash, mash. Done. Call it a dinner.” BUT I totally love your version of mashed potatoes, Cynthia! Leaving the skins on – I’ll try that next time! Sage & brown butter? Oooh, that sounds lovely. Thank you for sharing!!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Classic, perhaps, but not boring in the least! My mom calls me an “undertaster” because I can never be satisfied with wholesome foods that are otherwise perfectly delicious on their own ;) Thanks for your kind words, Sini!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 11:41 am

      hahaha I’m so glad you think so, Jane! I was actually a teensy bit self-conscious when this went up, so that makes my day. <3 Hope you and the gang are doing splendidly.

  8. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Lol brilliant post! Now, I’ve had KFC in the States and was shocked at how different in taste it was to the UK version but should you wish to recreate a bit of homemade KFC action, then check my blog out for it – I have the “secret” recipe and it is by a country mile, the most popular post I’ve ever written! As for the mash, it does look absolutely delicious. I’m not a mash gal really – Hungry Hubby likes it relatively plain whereas I do like to mix it up with extra add ins :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Ooooooh, I’m so excited to check it out!!! Homemade KFC, now that’s dangerous… Thanks for sharing, Jo :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 11:43 am

      HAhaha, thank you, Pang! (Also, I just now found your lovely blog, and so happy I did!) I’m tickled but, in retrospect, perhaps not surprised that my KFC obsession didn’t turn out to be as odd as I expected. ;)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

      HAhaha! It was all part of my plan to get back at you for making me crave malasadas and chocolate creme fraiche cake and — omg, I just saw this sundae pie. OMG.

      Well played, Michelle. You win this time.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Hahaha I’m so glad you said that … because this was definitely our meal. (Also, “because brown butter” deserves to be a life motto.)

  9. Lindsey (dolly and oatmeal) says:

    March 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    this is what i grew up on! my mom ALWAYS left the skins on, probably because she didn’t have time to take them off, but totally told me and my brother how good the skins were for us – plus, i remember loving the variety of texture it gave them! yes, lots of butter, some milk, and then she would throw in garlic powder, so if ever you find yourself in a pinch…anywho, brown butter sage sounds like the perfect compliment to these guys :)
    and girl, these photos are beauts! you totally upped the game here, cynthia! xo

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Hahaha, your mom sounds like my kinda lady. (Especially gifting you things like that tea towel!) And <3 thank you for the kind words, Lindsey!

  10. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Your photos are such a pleasure to look at, Cynthia. I’ll never get tired of staring at them! I just made mashed potatoes last night. I love them so much! Garlic mashed potatoes are even better but the best? The best would be the addition of sage brown butter! Damn that sounds good! I never heard of the salt water thing for boiling potatoes. I can’t wait to try that trick! And giiiiirrrrl, I used to go to KFC every week for Toonie Tuesday (our two dollar coins are called Toonies in Canada. Don’t laugh). I freaking love KFC. My fave was their potato salad. You should’ve gotten than instead of their mashed potatoes (which were also gross ‘n bland, in my opinion). You didn’t miss anything by not eating them.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Dude, Molly was talking about their mac & cheese and now you’re on their potato salad — begs the question, why didn’t I ever order anything else??? I thought children were supposed to be more imaginative. lol. ;) (Also, I kind of love “Toonie Tuesday.” I want two dollar coins, and I want to call them Toonies.) Thank you so much for your lovely comments as always, dear friend! <3

  11. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    True story: My friend and I joined the gym back in like 8th grade (because we thought we were so cool?) and munched on Sun Chips in between sets (because they had a vending machine with all sorts of junk food so why not? at the gym even.) and then when we were finished “working out” we’d head next door to KFC to eat. lol. So yes, I know all too well the satisfaction of ingesting KFC on all too many occasions. I would always get the 2-piece dark meat meal with coleslaw and corn on the cob. I have to admit, their coleslaw used to be really, /really/ good and when I went last time (which was about 2 years ago maybe?) it was really watered down and the consistency changed. The chicken was sorta gross too and I kinda gave up on KFC on that point. But like I mentioned on Twitter, I could never give up Jack in the Box. Thank GOD I moved to Michigan where they don’t have Jack in the Box because I’d be a fat hog this day. I used to eat like 10 tacos (10!!!) for lunch sometimes after school. Seriously what’s up with that crazy metabolism we used to have back in the day. I want it back.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      What?! The coleslaw has changed?! But. but. KFC coleslaw. :’( Heartbreaking. I think the last time I had it was over two years ago now … (a fact that in and of itself is heartbreaking!) But also, died at your stories. Tooooo funny. I also can’t believe we ever ate what we ate … like now I have one small bag of potato chips and I actually feel ill? I thought you could eat as many potato chips as you wanted and never feel full. I thought that was a fact of life. W. t. f. Lol. ;) Thanks for this hilarious comment, Steph!!

  12. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    There is nothing boring about these mashed potatoes! Sage and brown butter are so amazing tasting! And hey, no judgement about the cole slaw and mashed potatoes! Sounds kind of good…:)

  13. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Garlic mashed potatoes are definitely one of my favorite things!! …hmmm now my mouth is watering thinking about adding the sage to it! Oh man, those days when i was a kid and actually ate KFC too!! It was my family’s designated picnic food – we’d get a bucket of KFC and make spam musubi’s and go to the park or beach for a picnic. Oh, the good ol’ days! haha! Also, I need to try adding the salt in while boiling…good tip! My brother made the worse mashed potatoes for this past Thanksgiving…he likes it creamy so he beat them even though I told him that was a big mistake. YEAH. It turned out SO gummy. LOL! I’ll send him this recipe so he can follow this one next time. haha! Hope you’re having a great week, love!!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      KFC AND musubis?! Jessica! Can I be in your family? Hahaha. Also I died at beating the mashed potatoes — how do you even do that? With like ..an electric beater? Wow. Well, he gets points for vigor. ;) Hope you’re having a great week too, lovely!

  14. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    oh man, what I wouldn’t do for a bucket of fried chicken and a bowl of these mashed potatoes right NOW. I think that this entire city sees eye to eye with you on your nostalgic love of KFC (read: they’re everywhere). I might just have to pay a visit to the Colonel myself at some point…

  15. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I properly fell in love with mashed potatoes when we moved to England, and I couldn’t figure out why they were so good until we moved back to Canada. It’s the potatoes. They have these great floury potatoes that mash up into dreamy fluffiness with no effort, they’re called Maris Pipers. But I’ve yet to find a potato that works as well mashed as a Maris Piper over here. It drives me crazy. But brown butter and sage may fix that problem.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Oh my gosh, that sounds incredible! Maybe that’s why mashed potatoes can play so many roles in English cuisine? I don’t remember ever having mashed potatoes when I was there, but if I ever find myself back in the UK I’ll have to save some room in my tummy for a Maris Piper or two. :)

  16. says:

    March 6, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Garlic in mashed taters is a MUST! I got odd looks left and right when I casually threw some cloves into the pot one Thanksgiving — I just said, “It’s like having cereal without the milk. How could you NOT put garlic in your mashed potatoes?!”

    Thoroughly enjoyed your well-documented obsession with KFC, lady! ;)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Wait, what?! Odd looks at garlic in mashed potatoes?! Seriously, that’s like PB&J with no PB over here. Or an LT sandwich. ;) I actually need to try properly roasting a head of garlic for mashed potatoes one of these days … I can only imagine how that takes it to the next level.

      Hope you’re doing fantastically, my love!

  17. says:

    March 6, 2014 at 2:06 am

    So here’s the deal: do like a 50% gravy, 50% potato thing so the potatoes kind become the gravy. From there, you dunk the chicken OR, if you’ve got the patience, you layer the chix and the gravtatoes on the biscuit and top the whole shebang with the honey “sauce” (yeah, WTF). Done and done. PS. These sage taters have my tastebuds in a fight over who gets to go first.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      HOLY SH*T, YOU JUST REMINDED ME ABOUT THE HONEY. How did I forget about the HONEY?! My post means nothing now, Emily. It’s been revealed as the hoax that it is. Why were we not friends as children, stuffing our faces with gravtatoes and bischicken? I coulda learned a thing or two from you.

  18. says:

    March 6, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I totally get what you mean about mashed potatoes – they’re okay but they’re totally an afterthought and used as a bland vehicle for other flavours. Love the idea of making them the star of the show though (+ bonus! I was reading about how good sage is for you only last night!)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Sage is good for you?! I mean. Oh yeah, sage is so good for you. That’s why I used it … along with all this butter. ;)

  19. says:

    March 7, 2014 at 5:06 am

    this looks like just what the doctor ordered. I would love this with some sausages or even just with some peas! mmmm! great recipe thanks x

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Oh man, I could definitely go for some sausages with this! Next time … thanks so much for your kind words! :)

  20. says:

    March 8, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Whenever asked what food I’d bring to a desert island, I always say potatoes. Mashed if possible. BECAUSE POTATOES ROCK. I wonder if I’d be allowed to pack some sage brown butter?

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Let’s just hope that we’ll be desert island neighbors. You pack the taters, I’ll pack the sage and butter. Pretty sure we can brown that shiz on some beach rocks.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      For some reason, I always assumed that mashed potatoes were hard to make! True story, we used the dried flakes kind at our Chinese Thanksgivings for so many years before I finally learned how to make them myself not too long ago — hahaha. And now I’m pretty similarly infatuated! So many possibilities. Thanks for the kind words, Laura :)

  21. says:

    March 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure this dish would be the centerpiece of my final supper. (My spirit vegetable is the potato.) This recipe looks insanely delicious! And that sage…

    Have you every bought potatoes from the Union Square Greenmarket? I can’t remember the name of the farm I used to buy them from, but the stand I’m thinking of has 10+ varieties of local potatoes. You know, in case you ever need 10+ kinds of multi-colored potatoes.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Oh my gosh, that’s quite the compliment! (Also, LOL spirit vegetable I love it.) And re: Union Square Greenmarket, I haven’t!!! But now that you say that, I’m kind of freaking out. Do you recall off the top of your head if they had ube or Okinawan sweet potato? (Be warned that if you answer yes, you will hear my shriek of excitement all the way from here to wherever you are, and it won’t be cute.)

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Aww, thank you so much, Kristan! That means a lot, since I’ve just spent an inordinate amount of working time staring and drooling over the delicious recipes on your blog. That bacon, brie and pear panini…

  22. says:

    March 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Brown butter is my JAM. I usually make a couple pounds of it and just keep it in the fridge so I can whip it out when I need to for cookies, pasta, and this amazing dish.

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Genius, Shikha!!! Thanks for the tip! (And I’ve been meaning to use brown butter in cookies! What’s taking me so long?)

  23. says:

    March 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I have only just discovered your blog and I love it! You’re photos are stunning and so many gorgeous, gorgeous recipes… Starting with this one! I completely agree – I can’t get excited about mash either, but the sage and the brown butter…oooh!

  24. S says:

    March 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I adore mashed potatoes, but I usually make them myself, which means:

    Taking a whole bunch of shallots and caramelizing them in (vegan, lactose-intolerant) butter and a bit of soy sauce on low heat, baking two bulbs of garlic after drizzling with olive oil, and smashing the whole thing into skin-on potatoes with some smoked paprika, a bit of cayenne, fresh pepper, and a spoon of coconut milk/more vegan butter (makes them sweet and a bit creamy).

    I generally make my own mushroom gravy to go with this, but they’re great on their own topped with green onions. :)

  25. S says:

    March 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Oh, and to the above: A bit of hemp milk helps to make sure they’re not dry, and by “smashing the whole thing”, I mean squeezing the baked garlic into the potatoes, not throwing the bulbs, skin and all, in, lol. :)

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