Mashed Potatoes are my favorite food and these are one of my favorites. These would be a perfect side for Thanksgiving, an alternative to the traditional mashed potatoes, or a weeknight meal.
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Carrots
6 large Gold Potatoes peeled and quartered
1 1/2 c peeled baby carrots
1/2 c cream or milk
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
4 T butter
1/2 t dried thyme
1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese
Add potatoes and carrots to a pot of boiling salted water, cook until fork tender ( your fork should be able to mash them easily). Drain and return to the pot, add cream/milk, salt, Pepper, butter, and thyme. Use and electric mixer or mash by hand until smooth. Stir in cheese and serve. These also make a great topping for Shepherds or Cottage Pie.
Hungarian Beef and Pepper Stew
2lbs Beef Stew Meat
1/2 onion cut into chunks
1 T olive oil
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 T Sweet Hungarian Paprika
2 T flour
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 T tomato paste
10-12 oz beef broth
3 bell peppers sliced
1/2 t caraway seeds
2 T balsamic vinegar
Add 1 T paprika, flour, salt and pepper to a large bowl or plastic bag. add meat and toss or shake to coat. Heat olive oil in a large pan add beef and onion and cook until browned. add garlic and caraway seeds and cook 1 minute more. add beef broth (enough to cover meat), remaining paprika, tomato paste and vinegar, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes-1 hr, sauce with thicken and meat will become tender. Add peppers and cook 20 minutes more over low heat or until peppers are soft. Serve over buttered noodles or mashed potatoes.
My husband is back on the low carb diet so I am back to being creative with cauliflower. This hand mashed cauliflower has the same texture and flavors of a risotto without the rice and carbs. I don’t even think my kids noticed the difference.
Parmesan and Cauliflower “Risotto”
1 head cauliflower cut into florets
1/2 c ricotta cheese
3 T- 1/4 c cream
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
juice of 1/2 lemon ( about 2 T)
salt and pepper
Steam or cook cauliflower until fork tender. Drain excess water, Add to a med sized pot and hand mash with a potato masher. Add ricotta, lemon juice, cream (start with 3 T and add more if needed) stir in Parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Heat over low until heated through.
Here is a close up of the texture. If you prefer a puree of cauliflower instead just add to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
I was busy making our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage and I had also make Irish Coffee Cupcakes earlier so the Bailey’s Irish Cream was out in the kitchen. All day I kept thinking I bet that would be good in mashed potatoes. I know it seems slightly weird but I have put alcohol in potatoes before and cream well that’s a no brainer. Hmmm. I had boiled the potatoes and dribbled a little of the bailey’s on one and tasted it, well it was good, gave it a rich decadent taste almost like a truffle oil. I made my husband try it , he said I think your right, so I went for it. Subtle and creamy, decadent and delicious, these will become tradition for all St. Patrick’s Days to come.
Bailey’s Irish Cream Mashed Potatoes
about 10 med sized yukon gold potatoes
1/2 stick butter
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 T Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/3-1/2 c milk
Boil potatoes until tender
sprinkle with salt
add butter, Bailey’s, and 1/3 c milk. Mash until smooth adding more milk if needed, add pepper and salt to taste.
Trying to get kids and some adults to eat vegetables can be tricky. Trying to limit you carbs and find hearty, comforting, side dishes can be challenging. Mixing up your week night dinners and getting out of a rut can be tiring. This recipe solves all of these problem and is quick and easy, and I even like it better than mashed potatoes.
Mashed Broccoli and Cauliflower
16 oz of broccoli and cauliflower florets (I bought them already mixed in a bag at my supermarket)
1 oz cream cheese (from the brick, not soft)
1/2 tsp salt
2T half and half or milk
Steam broccoli and cauliflower until soft, you could use a microwave steam bag or steamer ( you could even boil it in a small amount of water). Add cooked veggies, cream cheese, salt and half and half to a food processor and pulse until “mashed”, mash by hand if you don’t have a food processor, it just may be slightly chunkier. Serve, see I told you it was easy. Try doing cauliflower or broccoli solo too.