Sunday, June 5, 2011

Recipe: Vegetable Smashed Potatoes

Like mashed potatoes? Of course you (probably) do.  The big problem is that they really have little redeeming value as most delicious foods often don't. This can be remedied by tossing in some veggies. In this case I added some thawed frozen broccoli cuts and carrots that had not been used.  You can choose to add anything you like from fresh to frozen to sauteed.

You will need:

1 packet mashed potato mix (I used garlic and herb)
1/2 to 3/4 cup of each vegetable you want
2 1/4 cup chicken stock (use vegetable stock to make it vegan)

Cook the mashed potato mix according to package directions substituting the chicken stock for the water, milk, and butter (you won't miss them, don't worry).  Cook the vegetables as you wish.  When the stock begins to boil add the potato mix, salt and pepper and stir to combine.  Add some salt to the vegetables and smash to desired texture.

 I left mine fairly whole but if you have children you might consider chopping them smaller or even putting them in a food processor to hide the "evidence".

Combine the potatoes and the vegetables.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Pairs well with: Meat and a salad

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