The last time I was in Los Angeles my husband and I supped with a friend of mine, Miss Cat Ballou. She is an Irish aristocrat from County Clare who traded in her silver spoon for a Smith & Wesson and some pointy boots the moment she turned sixteen. She is now a cowgirl in the Pacific Southwest and the only one who wears Lanvin with Levi cut-offs. When she’s not rounding up wild hearts, she enjoys cooking in her outdoor kitchen. Have I mentioned that her mashed potatoes are the best in the world? They are. And thanks to her benevolence here is her recipe.
1 stick of butter
1 cup milk
1 egg (if you are making mashed potatoes for shepherd’s pie)
Skin the potatoes and cook them on a rolling boil until they are very soft. Strain them and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and the milk. With a whisk, beat the potatoes until they are smooth. If you are making shepherd’s pie, add the egg and beat them some more.