I am so super into these smashed potatoes. Like, to the point of obsession. Not that that surprises anyone here, I’m sure. Since an (unhealthy? nahhhh) obsession with food is kind of my thing. No big deal.
But seriously. These potatoes combine all of my favorite things. Goat cheese? Check. Pesto? Check. Balsamic vinegar? Checkity check. POTATOES? You betcha. It took everything I had not to eat them all by myself à la this chicken pesto orzo soup and save a few for Kyle.
These are a nice, somewhat healthy-er-ish version of everyday mashed potatoes. Potatoes! Carbs! Cheese! But none of that finicky butter or cream that makes the regular stuff oh-so-delicious. So it’s BASICALLY like we just made mashed potatoes into health food.
Also, did I mention there’s a balsamic reduction? Because there’s a balsamic reduction. Skip that step if you aren’t as into balsamic vinegar as I am, but if you ARE into balsamic vinegar as much as I am, you should DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY pour some o’ that balsamic-y goodness right there over the top of these taters. BAH. DELICIOUSNESS.
But my favorite, FAVORITE part of these potatoes is the way the skin crisps up when they bake. It’s like mixing soft, tangy-goat-cheese-y mashed potatoes with salty, crispy, amazing potato chips. Which, okay, I would probably never just stir a bag of potato chips into my mashed potatoes. I’ But here? It works. It totally works.
There are times when food should be light and healthy. There are times when a bit of butter or cream won’t kill you. And THEN, friends, THEN there are times when you just absolutely 100% have to use an entire stick of butter and then some half and half and then some CHEESE without shame or apology.
Guess what kind of day today was?
What would Turkey Day be without stuffing?
Actually, confession: I am not a stuffing fan. Never was. Until we started celebrating Fakesgiving. The first year we did Fakesgiving, Kyle and I were deciding what to put on the menu. Turkey, of course, and pierogis (Thanksgiving tradition in Kyle’s Polish family), these smoked gouda mashed potatoes (now a Fakesgiving tradition) and maybe some mac and cheese (my specialty). But then Kyle was like, “let’s have stuffing!” And I was all, “stuffing is gross.” [read more...]
I’m dedicating posts this week to all kinds of Thanksgiving fare!
Pumpkin things! Side dishes! More side dishes! Stuffing (because that’s its own category apart from side dishes, duh)! All sorts of fall flavors perfect for your Turkey Day feast no matter how many mouths you have to feed or how fancy you want to get. [read more...]
I’m going to let you in on a secret.
It’s these mashed potatoes. These mashed potatoes are my really cool secret that was too awesome not to share with everyone on the interwebs. [read more...]