Friday, November 11

CCC Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Friends: I have reposted this item because I have been SPAMMED and it is now listed as my most viewed recipe -- which is pure hogwash! The same person hits it daily, leaving the most ridiculous comments and so I decided to clean it up.
November's Crazy Cooking Challenge is mashed potatoes. Yes, mashed potatoes. Is it possible to bring the mundane into the limelight? I'm here to tell you, yes. These potatoes are delicious and will hold their own against any entree. Since the Challenge requires using a recipe from another food blogger, I searched online, specifically, for ordinary blogging cooks with mashed potato recipes, not professional chefs or commercial recipe blogs. You can find this Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes recipe at Brooke McLay's Family Kitchen blog. While visiting, say hello from the Challenge and check out all her other recipes, as well.
What I did do differently, of course, was use the solar oven to roast my potatoes along with an onion, because I didn't have onion salt on hand. Just put them in a covered pan and let them do their thing for about an hour and a half. Remove from the solar oven and while still warm but you're still able to hold them in your hand, just a small knife cut and the skins will almost slide off.

I decided to use some Italian Parsley for the garnis, as well, and traipsed out to the garden, tra la la, with my wonderful garden hod. Imagine how delighted I was to find two very large puffball mushrooms along the way and some pepper plants that had no idea harvest time was over. Look at this November bounty!
Below the Banana Peppers is a full basket of Bell Peppers and those beautiful puffball mushrooms. Before cooking them, I did the test and they were at peak form -- a beautiful white center.
Since the focus was the mashed potatoes, I did a fast saute of the mushrooms and Polish Kielbasa and added some lima beans for a fast dinner.

A great big thumb's up from my sister (my live-in taster), too! She also loved the Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and is looking forward to the leftovers.

Check out all the other bloggers who have joined in this linky, too. With a year's worth of mashed potato recipes, no one should complain that there's no variety at your table. Click on the 'like' below the picture and don't forget to vote for me! Have fun!


  1. ChileNovember 14, 2011 4:35 PM

    I usually don't plan well enough to solar cook my spuds and thus end up with them in the pressure cooker. A couple of cloves of garlic in with them is mandatory.

    Once ready to mash, I have to look to alternative seasonings to the usual butter and milk since I'm a vegetarian. Non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, and a squirt of prepared mustard seem to do the trick in giving them the rich flavor one expects from mashed potatoes.

    Oh, and my absolute favorite potato for mashed potatoes is Yukon Gold. Their flavor is just wonderful!


    SharleneTMay 28, 2012 9:02 AM
    Oh, I so agree on the Yukon Gold, Chile. They make the smoothest mashed potatoes. I use the reds for when I want the potatoes to retain their shape in the cooking. My daughter is also a vegetarian and comes up with some wonderful combinations that match conventional cooking. It's all in the knowledge, I think. Thanks for stopping by and hope all is well with you and family.

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