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As many of you know I am a contributing writer the Chesapeake Cooking Examiner. I recently published an article on the site about mashed potatoes and decided that I would share it with you all. It’s a list of ways to give your mashed potatoes a different taste and look, not just for Thanksgiving but for any day.
Thanksgiving is next week and as you are preparing your side dishes, get a little creative with your mashed potatoes, your guests will be surprised. Here are a few ideas to help give your mashed potatoes a makeover everyone will love.
Sausage and Parmesan- Add Italian sausage and some grated parmesan cheese to your creamy potatoes.
Sour Cream and Dill- Add in some sour cream and fresh dill for a tangy but fresh flavor.
Chipotle- Add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the potatoes with a little cilantro for a spicy flare.
Horseradish and Chive- Mix in sour cream, a little horseradish and sprinkle some chives on top.
Gouda- Toss in grated smoked Gouda cheese and some scallions for a nice smoky flavor.
Pesto and Pine Nuts- Stir in some pesto and add some pine nuts for a creamy but crunch kick.
Greek- Mix in crumbled feta cheese, scallions, minced dill, parsley and diced black olives.
Broccoli and Cheddar- Toss in chopped broccoli florets and shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese.
Bacon- Fold in crispy crumbled bacon, a little of the bacon drippings and some sour cream.
Cheddar and Bacon- Mix in shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and crispy crumbled bacon pieces. Add a little bacon drippings too.
Taco- Stir in chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, taco seasoning and place it on a bed of shredded lettuce with a dollop of sour cream on top.
Blue Cheese and Walnut- Mix in blue cheese crumbles, melted butter and chopped walnuts.
Applesauce- Fold in applesauce and sprinkle in some nutmeg and cinnamon.
Buffalo- Pour in your favorite buffalo wing sauce and mix with some blue cheese crumbles, then sprinkle some chopped celery on top.
Wasabi- Mix in equal parts wasabi powder and water to create the paste, then add into potatoes for spicy touch.
I hope you have enjoyed these variations for your mashed potatoes. Be sure to come back and let us know if you tried any of these or if you want to add your own variations to the table. Don’t forget to subscribe to our column so you don’t miss a story when it’s published.