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The Key Ingredient For Creamy Leftover Mashed Potatoes
By HEATHER LIM
Starchy dishes like mashed potatoes and baked casseroles tend to dry out quickly in the high heat of the microwave, and require slow reheating to maintain their smooth textures. However, if you’d like to avoid the hassle, add this one ingredient to mashed potatoes to keep them creamy, even in the microwave.
Recipe developer JeanMarie Brownson recommends adding milk, cream, or any dairy products to your mashed potatoes. The starches in the potatoes react differently to proteins in milk versus water; while water makes the potato starches swell and become gluey, casein in milk limits the swelling and creates a smoother finish.
To reheat the potatoes in the microwave, make sure to add lots of milk and cream and microwave them in small increments of time, stirring in between each interval. If you're willing to reheat your mashed potatoes on the stovetop, a splash of milk or cream will still help you revive their creamy texture.