Potatoes!

10 Jul

When I was a little girl I loved mashed potatoes…I’d call it “Irish rice.”  In college one of my closest friends in college used to say that she wished restaurants would just give her a bowl of potatoes instead of bread.  She was the “Bubba” of our group as she would eat potatoes in all forms…hashbrowns, home fries, baked, mashed…In honor of potato love, here is a fun and easy recipe for mashed potatoes for two!  If you have leftovers you can fry them in a pan for quick potato pancakes.  Enjoy!

3-Cheesy Mashed Red Potatoes

3-5 red potatoes scrubbed clean and cubed
1 cup of fat free sour cream
skim milk
½ cup of shredded parmesan cheese
½ cup of skim ricotta cheese
½ cup of shredded Gouda or sharp cheddar cheese
salt
pepper
1 ½ teaspoon of paprika
1 chopped garlic clove
3 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Boil a pot of water and season with salt. When water is at a rolling boil add potatoes and lower heat. Watch the potatoes so they don’t boil over and make a mess. When potatoes are fork tender drain water and put potatoes back in pot or into a mixing bowl (your choice). Add a good splash of milk to the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of butter. You don’t want to add too much milk to begin with because they could get soupy. You can either mash the potatoes with a traditional masher or put the potatoes into a food processor, which is my preference. Start by putting oil and garlic in the food processor before any potatoes. Pulse so garlic gets minced. Add potatoes. Pulse potatoes so they start to get soft. Add sour cream, paprika and cheese. To go a step farther, you can put the potatoes into a baking dish and put cheese on the top to broil so it gets a nice bubbly cheese crust on top.

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