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May 29, 2008

Not Your Mama's Mashed Potatoes

Not Your Mama's Mashed Potatoes

As I've mentioned before Jamison is a super picky eater. Meat and potatoes, the occasional fruit and a few vegetables and that's about the extent of what he eats. As a result mashed potatoes are often seen on his menu and thus there are often mashed potatoes left over. So what do you do with those left overs? You can make bread, or jazz up the mashed potatoes with goat cheese, or you can really soup them up like the variation below! Who says you can't have a little pizazz on the side?

Oh and for the record Jamison wouldn't touch these with a ten foot pole! ;o)

What You'll Need:
2 cups of mashed potatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
6-8 sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped
1/3 cup of black olive slices
1 ounce of goat cheese
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded
1-2 tablespoons of oil from the sun dried tomatoes

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a medium sized pan sauté onions in a little extra virgin olive oil until tender. Add sun dried tomatoes, olives and cheese and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat.

Add mashed potatoes to the veggie/cheese mixture and add a little of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes. Stir until mixed.

Place the potato mixture in a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and baked for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Makes 3-4 servings.

Not Your Mama's Mashed Potatoes

Notes: You can add in other vegetables if you like. Mushrooms would be good, as would chopped bell pepper. You could also switch around the cheeses if you like.

Posted by Dianne at May 29, 2008 7:11 AM

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Felflessly volunteering to eat his portion (and yours and mine and anybody else's)!

Posted by: Lemon Tartlet at May 29, 2008 7:34 AM

Selflessly volunteering to eat his share!

Posted by: Lemon Tartlet at May 29, 2008 7:35 AM

How sweet of you to take one for the team! ;oP

Seriously though these were sinfully good! I made them last week and the pictures are making me want to make them again! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 29, 2008 10:45 AM

Yes, that looks delicious (even at 8:30 a.m.)I'm going to try that with our leftover horseradish mashed potatoes - they give you a kick in the pants!! We also make potato "crispies" as we call them - mix eggs and a small handful of bread crumbs into the potatoes and fry them up (in a touch of oil) to make crispy pancakes! Yum!

Posted by: Megan at May 29, 2008 11:54 AM

Oh...Crispy potato pancakes sound fabulous!

Sometimes I mash potatoes with a little wasabi. It gives them a nice kick!

Posted by: Dianne at May 29, 2008 12:45 PM

Holy Moly, those look heavenly! I love the addition of the sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese.

Posted by: Karen at May 30, 2008 10:31 AM

I've recently discovered sun dried tomatoes. I missed them during the craze in the 90's since I was a dirt poor college student, but I have to say I'm enjoying them now. And as for goat cheese...I'm always up for a little of that! ;o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 30, 2008 1:10 PM

That looks amazing. I love chunks of flavor in what can be a drab dish, and I love that you used heart-healthy ingredients instead of drowning them n butter. Beautiful photo too!

Posted by: Mediocre Chocolate at May 30, 2008 4:44 PM

It's nice to mix things up a bit. It's also nice to lighten them whenever possible too. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 30, 2008 5:50 PM

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