Mashed Taters, 10 Surprisingly Delicious Ways To Serve This Classic Food

scaled.DSC_0149Mashed potatoes are a favorite comfort food. You will find them on most holiday dinner tables. They are regular additions to everyday meals too.

Usually when you think of mashed potatoes you think of the classic dish.

A basic recipe for mashed potatoes is very simple. You need a heavy pot that is large enough to hold your potatoes and water. Peel your potatoes and cut them into chunks. You can make mashed potatoes with the skins on if you prefer. Place your cut potatoes into the pot and cover with water. Add some salt to the water. Boil the potatoes until they are tender when pricked with a fork Drain the water.

As soon as your potatoes are drained mash the potatoes using either a hand or stand mixer or potato masher. Add some milk or cream and butter and salt and pepper to taste.

If you want something a little different from plain mashed potatoes you can experiment with some of the following ways to enhance your mashed potatoes.

  1. Horseradish mashed potatoes. To basic mashed potatoes add a heaping tablespoon or more of horseradish. This way of fixing your potatoes works very well if you use red potatoes with the skin on.
  2. Mashed potatoes and rutabagas. Cook potatoes the same as you would for basic mashed potatoes. In a separate pot boil approximately the same amount of rutabagas which have been cut into chunks. After both are tender, drain the water and combine the two. Mash with milk or cream, butter and salt and pepper.
  3. Cauliflower mashed potatoes. Cut the cauliflower into small pieces and boil until tender. Combine with boiled potatoes and mash with milk or cream, butter, salt and pepper.
  4. Garlic mashed potatoes. To your basic mashed potatoes add diced garlic which has been either roasted or sautéed.
  5. Buttermilk mashed potatoes. Use the buttermilk in place of the milk or cream when making the potatoes. Add some butter, salt and pepper to taste.

scallion-buttermilk-mashed-potatoes6. Loaded Mashed Potatoes. To your basic mashed potatoes add some cooked bacon, shredded chedder cheese, and diced green onion. Heat for a few minutes in microwave or oven to melt cheese.

7. Pesto mashed potatoes, Into your basis mashed potatoes mix some pesto – either store bought pesto or homemade pesto.

8. Mashed sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes make a nice change from your traditional mashed potatoes. You boil your sweet potatoes the same as the white potatoes. Then mash with some milk or cream and some melted butter to which you have added a little brown sugar and cinnamon.

9. Mashed potatoes with greens. Sauté kale or cabbage or another green vegetable together with some leeks. Dice the vegetables and combine with your basic mashed potatoes.

10. Make ahead mashed potatoes. Cut down some on your milk for your] basic mashed potatoes. Add softened cream cheese and some sour cream, butter and salt and pepper. Place the mixture in a greased baking dish. Put melted butter over the top of the potatoes. Bake the potatoes or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to cook later. If refrigerated, leave the dish at room temperature for about one half hour before baking. Bake the potatoes uncovered at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until hot.