Need a new entertaining idea for the upcoming holiday season? We don’t eat mashed potatoes on a regular basis, but when we do, we’re always surprised at how delicious they are (like these mashed potatoes with kale). So the idea of putting them in a martini glass along with delicious toppings makes them that much more fun – and the perfect appetizer at a festive gathering or other special function!
There’s endless creativity with this idea – simply make up a few batches of mashed potatoes and prepare your favorite ingredients for toppings. For our variations, we tried a garlic and rosemary mashed potato with caramelized onions, sundried tomatoes, sour cream, and chives. We also tried a sweet potato mash with cheese, sour cream, green onions, and a bit of chili powder. Both variations were perfectly delicious, and set our minds turning on what other delicious variations might be out there!
We’re looking forward to our next excuse for making these again – and it might not even be company!
Mashed Potato Martinis
Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
What You Need
3 pounds potatoes
6 to 8 cloves garlic
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
What To Do
1 Chop the potatoes – do not peel. Place the pieces in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil until tender, about 15 minutes.
2 Meanwhile, dice the 6 to 8 cloves garlic. In a skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and add the garlic. Heat over low heat until the garlic starts to sizzle, then immediately remove from the heat.
3 Warm the 1 cup milk in the microwave (for about 1 minute).
4 When the potatoes are done (test with a fork or by tasting), drain them. Then pour in the warm milk and mash the potatoes with a masher, adding more milk if desired to get to a thinner consistency. Season with about 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon ground pepper. Then stir in the garlic and olive oil. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired, adding more olive oil, salt, or pepper as necessary.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Notes: Adding the standard potato here gives the sweet potatoes a texture more like traditional mashed potatoes. Without it, the sweet potatoes have a very loose and grainy texture, more like a squash puree. We also found that straight sweet potatoes needed to be whipped or food processed, while adding the standard potato didn’t require any special processing – hand mashing did the trick!
What You Need
2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 (standard) potato
Few pinches salt
Drizzle olive oil
What To Do
1 Peel the potatoes, then chop them. Place the pieces in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil until tender, about 15 minutes.
2 When the potatoes are done (test with a fork or by tasting), drain them. Then mash the potatoes with a masher. Season with a few pinches kosher salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired, adding more olive oil, salt, or pepper as necessary.
–Caramelized onions (slice a white or yellow onion into thin slices, then place in a skillet with several tablespoons of olive oil, and heat over very low heat until caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes)
–Sauteed vegetables: onions, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, etc
–Chili (or use the chili beans from this recipe)