Sides: Mashed Potatoes

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Elevate Your Mashed Potato Experience

Mashed potatoes, a beloved classic, can be enjoyed week after week without losing their appeal. By incorporating additional ingredients, you can infuse your mashed potatoes with new textures, delightful crunch, and enticing flavors. If you prefer to tread cautiously, start with a small amount of one extra ingredient, gradually increasing it as you please. The possibilities are boundless when you combine our suggestions. Take inspiration from popular international dishes with our visual guide. If you have discerning eaters at your table, serve the new additions separately, allowing everyone to customize their serving.

Start with Just 2 Ingredients

Creating mashed potatoes is a breeze:

  1. Optionally, peel and quarter the potatoes.
  2. Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water.
  3. Mash the cooked potatoes.

Creaminess Beyond Butter and Milk

For a creamy twist, consider adding butter and milk, the classics. However, don’t limit yourself; explore alternatives like olive oil, yogurt, cream cheese, or shredded cheese.

Inspired by International Dishes: A Visual Guide

French Pommes Puree with Scallops

French Pommes Puree

Made with an abundant amount of butter and cream, here as a nest for scallops.

Greek Skordalia

Greek Skordalia

Skordalia adds garlic, olive oil, and vinegar or lemon juice to the mashed potatoes.

Ecuadorian Llapingachos

Ecuadorian Llapingachos

Mashed potato cakes, often stuffed with cheese and cooked on a griddle.

West African Fufu

West African Fufu

Mashing boiled plantains, yams, or cassava, and often served with soups or stews.

Beyond Potatoes: Exploring Alternative Mashables

While potatoes are a traditional choice, you can experiment with other mashing options like sweet potatoes, yuca, plantains, or cauliflower, all popular choices worldwide.

Incorporate Vegetable Varieties

If you wish to stick with potatoes but desire a flavor makeover, introduce other mashed vegetables such as root vegetables, green peas, or broccoli. The consistency remains delightfully mashed.

Inspired by International Dishes: A Visual Guide

Irish Colcannon with greens

Irish Colcannon

Mixed with kale.

Belgian Stoemp

Belgian Stoemp

Mixed with carrots and leek.

Irish Colcannon topped with cabbage

Irish Colcannon

Cabbage goes in and on top.

Kenyan Irio

Kenyan Irio

Mashed with green peas.

Textural Transformation

Enhance your mashed potatoes with cooked or fried vegetables. Incorporate one or mix up to three different types. The options are limitless, from kale to onions.

Adding Crunchy Delights

For a delightful contrast to the creamy potatoes, add a touch of crunch. Top your dish with fried bacon, crushed nuts, chopped dried fruits, bread crumbs, or even sun-dried tomatoes.

Flavorful Finishes

Elevate the flavor profile with fresh herbs and spices. Rotate between parsley, dill, chives, cilantro, or oregano. Experiment with nutmeg, paprika, or fennel, all exceptional partners for potatoes. For a bolder or spicier kick, consider adding garlic, chilies, horseradish, or wasabi. The possibilities for flavor enhancement are endless.

Inspired by International Dishes: A Visual Guide

British Bubble and Squeak

British Bubble & Squeak

Mashed with veggies & fried.

Greek Skordalia with plenty of veggies

Greek Skordalia

With nuts, raisins, and plenty of veggies.

Irish Colcannon cabbage ham

Irish Colcannon

With cabbage, ham, and green onions.

Peruvian Papas a la Huancaina

Papas a la Huancaina

Peruvian mashed potatoes with spicy cheese sauce.

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