The New York Times was mocked on Twitter after sharing a “two-ingredient” mashed potato recipe – that actually lists four ingredients.
NYT shared the two-year-old recipe on their official Twitter account along with a colorful infographic. It calls for two pounds of russet potatoes, 1/4 cup of sour cream, and salt and pepper.
The infographic simplifies the recipe in just a few steps: Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft. Reserve 1 cup cooking water. Drain and mash potatoes. Stir in reserved water 1 tablespoon at a time. Add sour cream, salt, and pepper. The recipe link says that sour cream can be substituted for full fat Greek yogurt.
Many Twitter users were quick to point out that the recipe technically calls for two ingredients – and that it fails to include one of the quintessential mashed potato ingredients: butter.
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Other users pointed out that there are technically five ingredients if you include water.
Some users began replying with their own suggestions for an improved mashed potato recipe that includes butter.
Some suggested adding cheese, garlic, milk, onion powder, chives, and using a different or “better” potato than the russet type. Others suggested using a potato ricer for a creamier consistency.
Despite the backlash, the New York Times has not taken down their recipe and have gone on to share other infographics for simple Thanksgiving side dish recipes.