The best side dish in this century! The savoury mashed potato and gravy is best enjoyed as a side dish in every meal. The warm gravy can melt your problems away as you savour it in your mouth. The perfect combination of gravy with mashed potato is perfect for those looking for comfort food.
What is Mashed Potato and Gravy?
Mashed potato is basically boiled potato that is mashed and added with milk or cream. The gravy is usually a thickened black pepper sauce. The two components together make for a silky and savoury dish. It is often paired with greens over dinner time with your loved ones.
History of Mashed Potato and Gravy
Mashed potato and gravy was first recorded in The Art of Cookery recipe book by Hannah Glaze. Potatoes originated from Peru. The mashed potato was first invented as baby food for infants as they require soft foods.
The first invention of mashed potato started with the discovery of a new cooking method called ‘foodstuffs’. The foodstuff method is by heating stuffing foods in various tubes that are covered by dried land. The dried land helps to contain the heat and surround it so that it is cooked evenly. This method is the core inspiration for the invention of the oven. The food inside is heated from every direction.
This method of cooking is first used to cooked mashed potato to soften the potato to be fed to infants. As potatoes can be easily found in that area, plenty of potato-based dishes were created. Mashed potato was not only enjoyed by infants but by adults as well. Every family in Peru started to enjoy eating mashed potato and this dish soon spread to other regions.
To flavour the mashed potato, many different toppings and additions were tried by everyone. People started to prepare mashed potato with butter, milk and cream to create a milky and buttery taste. The mashed mixture is then seasoned with salt, pepper and desirable herbs and spices. However, mashed potato is best suited and commonly mixed with black pepper gravy.
Health Benefits of Mashed Potato and Gravy
Potato is a great source of potassium. A single peeled potato contains about 15% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. Potassium helps to maintain your blood pressure and aid in muscle contraction which is required for movement and normal body processes.
Potatoes are also rich in vitamin C, fibre, vitamin B6 and most importantly, is fat-free. These vitamins can help to support your immunes systems and aid in collagen production.
Where to Find Mashed Potato and Gravy in Malaysia
Mashed Potato and gravy can be found in the nearest KFC restaurant. This side dish can be ordered in a set with fried chickens and carbonated drinks. One plate of this healthy and tasty side dish can be enjoyed with your whole family at the nearest KFC.
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