Food - Drink
The Uncommon Seasoning To Give Mashed Potatoes An Umami Boost
By TALIN VARTANIAN
There's nothing quite like a bowl of fluffy, creamy, and buttery mashed potatoes, and this great side dish can enhance meaty entrees with its mild flavors or stand out on its own. If you're looking for standout mashed potatoes, this one uncommon seasoning will give them a serious umami boost.
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is found in many condiments, spice blends, frozen meals, and processed meats, and it's what makes chips, fast food, and Chinese entrees taste so good. MSG kicks food into high gear by providing a much-needed umami boost, and can elevate your mashed potatoes.
Since one teaspoon of MSG only has 500 milligrams of sodium, it's a solid substitute for salt, and a little goes a long way. For mashed potatoes, add one small pinch of MSG at a time until the savory notes really start to shine; you'll love the boost of umami flavor in your final meal.