Simple Mashed Potatoes

Makes 1 Big Dish for sharing

Prep Time: 15′

Cooking Time: 40′

What you need:

  • 1Kg of Baking Potatoes
  • Water for boiling
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Sumac


Peal the potatoes and cut into chunks, wash and put them in a large pot. Cover them with enough water and add salt. Bring to a boil, cover the lid and let cook for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on how big your chunks are.

Some of you prefer to boil the potatoes with the skin on and peel them after they’re cooked. I find my method much easier to be honest. I like efficient methods!

Check the potatoes regularly with a fork. You want them cooked just right, not too mushy.

Once ready, drain them and put them in a large dish and mash them, adding gradually the olive oil. You need to reach a smooth texture with some lumps, but it shouldn’t become too soft and oily. Season with salt.

Decorate the dish as you like and sprinkle sumac on top to give the potatoes a sour kick! I’m all about the sour…

This is a traditional Lebanese dish, usually consumed on Fridays and during lent. Super easy and quick and so tasty!

Serve it with a side salad, some raw onions (yes raw!), some fresh mint leaves and Lebanese bread. If you can’t find Lebanese bread, you can get Pita or crackers or whatever makes you happy!


Bon appetit!