Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Herbed Idaho® mashed potatoes

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Are you thinking about Thanksgiving already? I am.

Our family Thanksgiving moves around, but it's at my house this year. There are some dishes that make a regular appearance on the menu no matter who's hosting: braised red cabbage, my mother-in-law's spinach and mushroom stuffing, green bean casserole, roast turkey.

But I'm a bit of a renegade: I cut my turkey into parts and roast it like chicken. And (don't faint) I don't always make mashed potatoes. I didn't grow up with mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, so sometimes I just...forget.

Are we still friends?

I hope so. Because I want to tell you about the very easy, very beautiful, very delicious herbed Idaho® mashed potatoes I'm making this year. Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes mixed with a ton of minced fresh herbs. Simple, aromatic, and very green.

I developed this recipe for the Idaho® Potato Commission, which is always looking for creative new twists on mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving dinner can be rich and heavy, but the grassy scent and taste of the mixed herbs in these mashed potatoes cuts right through the richness. I like Idaho Russet potatoes - their dry, fluffy interior soaks up the butter and half-and-half perfectly.

Do you serve mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving? Traditional or twisted? Let's share some mashed potato ideas in the comments below....

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Herbed Idaho® mashed potatoes
Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes mixed with a ton of minced fresh herbs. A perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. Recipe developed for the Idaho® Potato Commission.
  • 3 pounds Idaho® Russet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for serving
  • 4 bunches fresh soft green herbs, e.g. parsley, basil, tarragon, chives, dill
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
Wash and peel the Idaho® Russet potatoes, then cut into 2-inch chunks. Place the potato chunks into a medium-sized pot and cover with water by 1 inch. Add 1 teaspoon salt to the water.Bring the pot to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer 20-25 minutes, or until the potato chunks are tender when pierced with a small knife or the tines of a fork. Drain the cooked potatoes in a colander, then return them to the hot pot. Shake gently for a minute or two; you will see steam rising as the potatoes dry out.While the potatoes are cooking, wash the fresh herbs and dry them thoroughly in a salad spinner or by wrapping them in paper towels and shaking. Chop the herbs finely, discarding any woody stems. You can chop the herbs by hand with a large knife or in a food processor. You may end up with more than 1 cup of chopped herbs, depending on the size of your bunches; save the rest for another use.When the potatoes are almost done, put the half-and-half and 1 stick butter in a glass bowl or Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave on high power about 1 minute, until the butter is melted and the half-and-half is warm.Add the half-and-half mixture to the pot with the potatoes and mash the cooked potatoes with a potato masher until smooth. Add 1 cup of fresh chopped herbs and stir with a large spoon until incorporated. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately, adding more butter on top if desired.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings


Kristina Vanni said...

Happy Mashed Potato Month! This recipe sounds fantastic. We had such an amazing meal last year at your house for Thanksgiving!

Erika Kerekes said...

Thanks Kristina and happy Mashed Potato Month to you too! I'm sad that you won't be here for Thanksgiving this year but very happy to know you'll be celebrating in your new digs!

sippitysup said...

If you forget the mashed poatoes again (green or not) call me I'll make special trio from Yosemite. It's open again. Right? GREG

Erika Kerekes said...

@Greg you're spending Thanksgiving in Yosemite? That sounds like fun.

Geez Louise! said...

I had to take a breath and think about it, but yes, we can still be friends. Forget? My family would never let me... Love the color and I can only imagine the flavor would be out of this world! Great idea.

Rocky said...

I like vegetarian foods like this one.

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