Potato Fact #137

In ascending order of richness, mashed, creamed, and whipped potatoes vary in their ratios of cream, milk, and butter to potatoes. Whipped potatoes peaked in popularity in 1933, with the advent of the electric mixer. In the late 90s, “smashed potatoes” came in vogue as a less processed, more textured dish. “Basically, you give a potato a good kick in the pants and send it to the plate,” says Peter Hoffman, owner of the Savoy restaurant in Manhattan.