November 18, 2011

Great Granny Brown's Mashed Potatoes

We all have family members that passed away before we were born, but have heard stories about our entire lives.  My Great Granny Brown was one of those for me.  She was my mother's only grandmother & passed away when Mama was 13.  Out of all her family members, her Granny Brown was the one she talked about the most.  

It's funny how memories & food can sometimes go hand in hand.  Food just triggers things like that - and recipes that were originally from family members that have passed on take on a whole new meaning than just a simple dish.  It's like a piece of our loved ones that lives on.

These mashed potatoes live on from my Great Granny Brown.  They are so simple, and sometimes simple recipes like this end up being the best ones we've ever tasted.  These are definitely nothing fancy, but they sure are special - and delicious.

Great Granny Brown's Mashed Potatoes
  • 3.5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled & sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
  • salt & pepper to taste


Boil potatoes for 20 minutes in the water, drain.  Add evaporated milk & butter to warm pan.  Add potatoes & mash.  Salt & pepper to taste.



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