Mashed potatoes are a favorite side dish in most families, but sometimes you need to liven things up by adding a few creative ingredients. Here are some recipes that will spice up your mashed potatoes!
Fold the oregano and feta cheese into the mashed potatoes. Makes 4 servings.
Sauté the sausage and vegetables with the olive oil until the sausage fat is rendered and the vegetables are cooked soft. Fold the vegetable/sausage mix and Cajun seasonings into the mashed potatoes until well mixed. Makes 4 servings.
Leave some chunks in the potatoes when you mash them. Lightly sauté the minced garlic in the butter, just until the garlic is translucent and aromatic. Do not brown the garlic. Add the garlic, melted butter and green onions into the mashed potatoes. Season with a ¼ tsp. coarse sea salt and a few coarse grinds of black pepper. Fold the ingredients into the mashed potatoes until they are well incorporated. Makes 4 servings.
Caramelize the sliced onions in olive oil while the potatoes boil. Cook them slowly over medium heat until deep brown, but not black. Spray a 9-inch by 7-inch casserole dish (or similar size) with non-stick spray and spread the basic mashed potatoes in it. Layer in the onions and sprinkle the cheese on top. Place the dish under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese bubbles and browns slightly. Makes 4 servings.
In addition to the recipes above, you can also use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water to boil the potatoes before mashing. Or, you can toss a tablespoon of finely minced chive, flat parsley, coriander leaves, celery leaves or tarragon into your mashed potatoes for a last minute zing of fresh herb flavor. Experiment with different varieties of potatoes in your usual recipe. Try Yukon Gold, purple potatoes or fingerlings.
Also try substituting the milk in a basic mashed potato recipe for sour cream, creme fresh or cream cheese to add a luscious tang.
Alternatively, sprinkle a handful of grated cheddar cheese and a teaspoon of packaged chili or taco seasoning into your mashed potatoes to serve with zesty grilled meats and poultry.