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You say potato, I say potahto: The Mashed Potato Quiz
by Staff
Everybody loves mashed potatoes. But how much do you really know about this dinnertime staple?

Potatoes are native to which continent?

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia

In which year did Ireland's tragic potato famine occur?

  • 1845
  • 1850
  • 1865

Which man is considered by some to be the creator of mashed potatoes?

  • Seamus O'Connor
  • Antoine Parmentier
  • John Smith

What type of potato makes great mashed potatoes?

  • Russet
  • Yukon Gold
  • Both types make great mashed potatoes.

Why are some potatoes ill-suited to mash?

  • too many carbohydrates
  • too litte starch
  • not enough sugar

How many potatoes do I need, per person, to make the right amount of mashed potatoes?

  • 1 potato
  • 1 pound (.5 kilogram)
  • 1/3- to1/2-pound

When preparing mashed potatoes, what's the best way to cut the potatoes?

  • small chunks
  • medium-sized chunks
  • large chunks

Is it O.K. to leave the skin on when making mashed potatoes, or is that considered low-brow?

  • Always peel all of your potatoes in their entirety.
  • Leave as much skin on as you'd like.
  • It's best to peel most of the potatoes, leaving just a little skin.

After the potatoes are sufficiently boiled, you drain the water and then …

  • Mash them, then add the next few ingredients.
  • Add the next few ingredients, then mash.
  • Return the potatoes to the pot and put back over the heat.

Can you microwave the potatoes instead of boiling them?

  • yes
  • no
  • It depends on the type of potato used.

Can you bake the potatoes, then mash?

  • yes
  • no
  • It depends on the type of potato used.

What are the two main ingredients you add to potatoes to create mashed potatoes?

  • butter and milk or cream
  • butter and sour cream
  • milk/cream and sour cream

Oh, no -- I'm lactose intolerant. Does that mean no more mashed potatoes for me?

  • So sorry, buddy, you're out of luck.
  • Eat them and see what happens.
  • Swap out the butter and milk/cream for non-dairy items.

What kitchen tool should you avoid when mashing potatoes?

  • a potato masher
  • a ricer
  • an electric mixer

If you decide to use a potato masher, which type of masher is best?

  • a masher with an "S" design in the wire
  • a masher with a disc bottom filled with small holes
  • Any type of potato masher is fine.

When was the "Mashed Potato" a popular dance move?

  • early 1960s
  • mid-1960s
  • late 1960s

Who sang the hit song "Mashed Potato Time"?

  • Chubby Checker
  • Dee Dee Sharp
  • Elvis Presley

Another hit song from that era was "(Do the) Mashed Potatoes." Who sang it?

  • Chubby Checker
  • James Brown
  • Nat Kendricks

Which is an advantage to using instant mashed potatoes?

  • They have a long shelf life.
  • They're easier to prepare.
  • Both of the above are advantages to using instant mashed potatoes.

How can I prepare instant mashed potatoes so they taste better?

  • You can't do anything differently; they are what they are.
  • Swap out the milk for heavy whipping cream.
  • Swap out some of the milk and water for condensed and evaporated milk.