Some people have a hard time finishing things. I, myself, have added ‘finish the books I start’ to my list of New Year’s Resolutions. It just happens – maybe you grew bored of the thing you’ve started or maybe you think it’s taking too long to get to the good parts of 50 Shades of Grey – whatever the reason, certain tasks just aren’t completed.
It’s hard to believe that this could happen with something as delectable as mashed potatoes. But it does. You made too much of the stuff. You didn’t know that some of your dinner guests are strict carnivores or veggie-free. They don’t eat side dishes. They didn’t show. Or, God forbid, they just don’t like potatoes!
Regardless of how it happened, you might find yourself left with a bowlful of cold, rapidly aging mashed potatoes in your fridge following such a party.
If you’re like most Americans…You’ve probably had a mashed potato or two in the past four weeks. One way to avoid having leftover mashed potatoes is to doctor them up a bit – make something unexpected out of the expected.
Bleu Cheese Mashed Potatoes (Serves 8)
- 4 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes – washed and quartered…no need to peel
- 1/2 Cup of Breakstone’s Sour Cream at room temperature
- 1/2 Cup of heavy whipping cream
- 6 TBSP of butter
- 8 oz of crumbled bleu cheese
- Salt and Pepper
1. Place the potatoes in a large stock pot and cover with water – enough water so that the water is at least two inches higher than the potatoes
Note: If, like most of us…You want to get ahead and cut the potatoes early…Just keep them in a large stock pot covered with ice water – this will keep them from turning an icky brown color
2. Bring the pot of potato filled water to a boil
3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are fork tender – about 15 minutes
4. In a separate saucepan, heat the cream and butter
5. Drain the potatoes and then place them back into the still hot stock pot. This helps to steam the extra water out of the potatoes so you don’t get watery mashed potatoes
6. Using a masher, ricer or fork, mash the potatoes to your own desired consistency – I like ‘em pretty smooth
7. While mashing, ricing or forking, add the warmed milk/butter and whip in
8. Add in the sour cream and bleu cheese and mix until well combined
9. Add salt and pepper to taste
10. Serve immediately OR (thank you, Rachael Ray) you can put the mashed bleu cheese potato mixture in a separate bowl, cover and place over a bowl of simmering water on the stove top and keep warm for up to an hour or more. Shut the front door!
Now….In spite of how fab and different this potato dish was…it’s the next day and your lame non-mashed potato eating friends couldn’t finish this tasty side dish. Sure, you could toss the extra mashed potatoes…But in the spirit of the New Year and finishing what you start…Get creative and make…
Potato Pancakes (serves 4)
- Whatever left over mashed potatoes you have, but at least 2 1/2 cups with ratio of other ingredients below
- 1/3 Cup of Breakstone’s Sour Cream
- 1/4 Cup of Bisquick Baking Mix
- 1 Egg
- 1 TSP of sugar – you can leave this out, but it really helps to crisp up the edges of the pancakes
- Butter for frying
1. Bring the mashed potatoes, Sour Cream and egg to room temperature
2. To the bowl of leftover mashed potatoes, add the sour cream, egg, sugar and Bisquick and mix to well combined.
NOTE: eyeball the consistency – you want it somewhat thick – not as thin as pancakes. Depending upon how much of the mashed potatoes you have left over, you may need to add a little more baking mix or another egg.
3. Heat the butter in a large skillet over med/high heat – you can use vegetable oil/canola oil as well…just not olive oil
4. Drop pancake-y sized dollops of the mixture into the hot skillet and fry until lightly golden brown on one side
5. Flip the pancakes and fry the second side
6. Serve warm as a fab day two side dish….Or for breakfast – but, I wouldn’t put syrup on these…Just a little butter, maybe a chive or two would be great.
Some things prove harder to finish than others. But, you can get creative. For me, maybe that means finishing the books I start by watching the movie. Don’t judge, the end result is the same. To finish off your mashed potatoes, try whipping up a day two side dish of potato pancakes.