Mashed Potatoes Recipe: Men Make Dinner Day

mashed potatoes recipe

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For a classic side dish or accompaniment with a bit of a twist then why not try these mashed potatoes courtesy of none other than my Mother. She has been honing this recipe for a few years now taking inspiration from my good ole Nan. Perfect for a meaty dish or simply on their own if you're feeling that way, they are sure to impress.

Here at Idle HQ we have decided to give you something a little different. Other than Bonfire Night, the 5th of November is host to something else, Men Make Dinner Day. This day is purely dedicated to men making the dinner for their friends or partners, so it's time to put your apron on, cook up a storm in the kitchen and get your creative hats on because you'll want to cook to impress!

Men Make Dinner Day was started by Sandy Sharkey and she's been pushing men off of the sofa and into the kitchen to their partners' cries of joy. So lads, put down the beer and the remote and pick up a whisk, you never know, you may even like it!

We have teamed up with some of the best restaurants, food bloggers and chefs to create a fantastic e-Book filled with amazing recipes from mac and cheese to haute cuisine - so whether you're feeling fancy or like to keep it simple then there is a recipe in this book for you.

Check out the rest of our Men Make Dinner Day recipes here.

Mashed Potatoes

You can’t go wrong with a bowl of mashed potatoes, the ultimate in comfort food. However, this recipe is a little different because you have the added flavour of mustard or even horseradish if you prefer it. Adding a little something new to a classic recipe and statement side dish to many meals, it’s sure to win over your date.


  • Potatoes (3-4 large ones)
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Mustard (or horseradish if preferable)


  • Potato masher


Cut the potatoes into medium sized chunks and add them to a saucepan. Fill the saucepan up with cold water until all of the potatoes are covered and place it on the hob. Turn the hob on until the water is brought to a boil and the lower it to keep it at a simmer.

You’ll know when the potatoes are done when you can easily poke through them with a knife. Once cooked drain all of the water and place into a large bowl. Mash the potatoes until they are lump free and smooth, then add the butter and milk to make them more creamy.

Add a teaspoon or two of mustard or horseradish to taste into the mash and mix in well. It’s important not to over mash the potatoes as they can become sticky and glue-like in texture.

Serve with beef on the plate or add them to  clean bowl and serve them on the table by themselves.



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