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New York Times mocked for ‘two-ingredient mashed potatoes’ recipe that includes FOUR ingredients


The New York Times is mocked for ‘two-ingredient mashed potatoes’ recipe that includes FOUR ingredients – but, to the horror of many, no butter

  • The New York Times tweeted a two-year-old recipe for ‘Two-Ingredient Mashed Potatoes’ on Wednesday
  • They included an illustration that shows it uses four ingredients: potatoes, sour cream, salt, and pepper
  • Twitter users have called out the Times for its failure to count accurately
  • Others have called the recipe ‘an abomination’ due to its lack of butter, though reviewers on the site say they’re ‘delicious’


Twitter users are mocking the New York Times for sharing a recipe for ‘Two-Ingredient Mashed Potatoes‘ — which, they point out, actually require four ingredients.

The recipe, which was first shared by the Times two years ago, calls for two pounds of russet potatoes, a quarter cup of sour cream, salt, and pepper — though by the Times’ calculations, salt and pepper don’t seem to count as ingredients.

The publication shared a graphic depicting the recipe on Twitter on Wednesday, and has since been flooded with hundreds of comments from critics ridiculing both the ‘two-ingredient’ name and the fact that the recipe uses no butter.

Tater time: The New York Times tweeted a two-year-old recipe for ‘Two-Ingredient Mashed Potatoes’ on Wednesday (stock photo)

How to: They included an illustration that shows it uses four ingredients: potatoes, sour cream, salt, and pepper

How to: They included an illustration that shows it uses four ingredients: potatoes, sour cream, salt, and pepper

‘These mashed potatoes may be the simplest Thanksgiving side there is,’ the Times tweeted.

They included a handy graphic with an illustation and a list of the ingredients and directions.

Though the times shared similar tweets yesterday for other Thanksgiving recipes like Make-Ahead Gravy and Easy Brussels Sprouts, the mashed potatoes stole all the attention.

‘This is four ingredients. And also an abomination,’ wrote one commenter.

 ‘Literally four ingredients,’ wrote antother.

‘That looks to be about 4 ingredients,’ said a third, while a fourth wrote: ‘Good grief there are four ingredients pictured.’ 

One, two, three, four (and five?)! Twitter users have called out the Times for its failure to count accurately

One, two, three, four (and five?)! Twitter users have called out the Times for its failure to count accurately

‘Y’all saying there are 4 ingredients aren’t giving respect to the 5th: water,’ argued another.

One more called it the ‘most creative interpretation of “two.”’

Some were less upset about the odd definition of the word ‘two’ and more outraged that anyone would make mashed potatoes without butter. 

‘This is SWILL. No butter? Nonsense,’ wrote one, while another chimed in:’No butter you heathens???’

‘If there’s no butter no way,’ someone else snapped. 

‘Missing the most important ingredient: loads of butter,’ said one more.

Divisive: Others have called the recipe 'an abomination' due to its lack of butter, though reviewers on the site say they're 'delicious'

Divisive: Others have called the recipe ‘an abomination’ due to its lack of butter, though reviewers on the site say they’re ‘delicious’

Others were unhappy about the whole thing.

‘As someone who loves to cook… and eat… this FIVE ingredient recipe is an abomination and disrespectful to foodies everywhere @nytimes you are uninvited from my Thanksgiving,’ tweeted WPDE ABC15’s Sydney Madison

‘If this recipe is for you, you’re never invited to my house,’ echoed Ian David Monroe.

Comments from those who have tried the recipe are mostly postitive, though, with one gushing: ‘These are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever cooked or eaten!’

‘I loved these. Mashed potato perfection! Easy and delicious,’ said another reviewer. 

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