Monday, June 29, 2009

One potato, two potato...

It's a potato sort of month. For dinner we had Pork Chops and Mashed Potatoes with Peas and Onions:
I'm guilty of loving mashed potatoes so much that we keep a box of potato flakes handy at all times. There's nothing wrong with potato flakes...you never know when you'll need them (I've even used potato flakes as filler for mini meatballs for a friend that's allergic to gluten). Tonight's dinner made use of actual potatoes, some peas, onion and lemon zest. It was inspired by Tyler Florence's Smashed New Potatoes with Peas, Lemon and Pearl Onions - a dish I made for Christmas dinner this year.

Mashed Potatoes with Peas and Onions
4 small white potatoes, cooked
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp butter
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp salt
1/4 c peas
2 tbsp cream or skim milk
1 tbsp butter
pepper

Heat olive oil and 1/2 tbsp butter in a skillet. Add onions and saute until soft. Add potatoes and break up with a spoon. Add cream or milk, remaining butter, pepper and lemon zest, stir to combine. Add peas, pepper and salt to taste.

This dish was pretty good, though I think I prefer the potato dish I made last week. Of course, this pales in comparison to the original recipe which was
AMAZING. I was worried when I made it for Christmas dinner without trying it first, but the fam seemed to enjoy it! The peas, potatoes, lemon and onions were such a great flavor combination - something I wouldn't have thought of on my own. I must say, Tyler Florence has yet to disappoint me.

My potatoes were just missing one little thing....
A BATH IN TEXAS PETE. Haha. I know most people will find that absolutely disgusting, but I love mashed potatoes doused in hot sauce. I don't know why, but it's my ultimate comfort food. Do you have any weird/random favorite flavor combinations?


Sorry for the short post! LONG day tomorrow with an early start :( Have a great night!

7 comments:

Mia {runs and rests} said...

I think everyone has at least one weird food combo. I know I have a lot. :D I dip pineapples in soy sauce. But then again, I love everything soy sauce.

roseyrebecca said...

I LOVEEE Mashed Potatoes! Those look so good! I like hot sauce and salsa on everything!

Karena said...

I think I'd cry if my kitchen lacked soy sauce and hot sauce. Two staples!!

burpandslurp said...

I like jam on eggs. Maple on sausages. Ketchup with carrots. Hee hee!
Hey, why not send this potato recipe to this week's BSI? It's potatoes!

Quinn said...

I made pork for Geoff last night!

I used to put ketchup on my mashed potatoes. Gross, I know - but it was sort of like french fries - or at least that's what I told myself.

Karena said...

Maple syrup on sausages - YUM. I used to get weird looks for wanting syrup w/keilbasa. psh. How do I get in the loop for BSI?? Totally into this sort of thing!

I heart ketchup on pretty much anything so there's no judging here! hehe. Thoughts on ketchup w/mac n cheese??

Anne Marie said...

thanks for your comment on my blog-you gave me some GREAT ideas-thank you so much!