Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dirty Mashed Potatoes

One of Zack's favorite things is mashed potatoes. We don't make them near enough for his liking, but they make an appearance on our table pretty frequently. This time we opted for dirty mashed potatoes with a hint of garlic. We actually decided to add the garlic after the potatoes were done, so we used garlic powder instead of actual garlic. We know, fresh garlic would be better, but we improvise in our house. 

We tried something different this time too... basically because the meatloaf we made to go with the potatoes wasn't cooking as quickly as we'd anticipated and our potatoes were ready too early. See, improvising.

Here's what you need:
1/2 bag of small red potatoes
1/4 cup light sour cream
4 tbsp butter, divided
1/4 milk
2 tsp garlic powder

Here's what you do:
Start by scrubbing your potatoes thoroughly to clean them. Then slice so they're all pretty uniform sizes. This will help them cook faster and more evenly.

Boil the potatoes for 20-30 minutes, or until they fall apart when you stick a fork in them.

Drain the potatoes, then dump in a large bowl. Add the sour cream, milk, garlic powder and 2 tbsp of butter.

Mash together. It's not going to be completely smooth because of the skins, but we like a little bite.

Now, if the rest of your meal is ready at this point, feel free to serve. As we mentioned before, our meatloaf wasn't cooperating, so we put these in a casserole dish, dotted the top with butter and added it to the oven with the meatloaf.

This step really just helped us by keeping the potatoes warm, but stirring in the melted butter on top was a nice touch.


1 comment:

  1. We don't peel potatoes either! I rationalize it by noting there are lots of nutrients in the peels, not to mention good flavor and texture.

    Some good variations include adding horseradish, rosemary or fresh thyme.