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Mashed Potato Martinis

Mashed Potato Martinis

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!

Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
Serves: 6
What You Need
  • 3 pounds potatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
What To Do
  1. Chop the potatoes (do not peel), then place them in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil until tender, about 15 minutes, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, mince 6 cloves garlic. Chop 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary and reserve. 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 1 cup milk in the microwave.
  4. Pour warm milk into the drained potato pot and mash the potatoes with a masher, adding more milk if desired to get to a thinner consistency. Season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper, then stir in the garlic, olive oil, and rosemary. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired, adding more olive oil, salt, or pepper as necessary.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Serves: 6
What You Need
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 (standard) potato
  • Few pinches salt
  • Drizzle olive oil
What To Do
  1. Peel and chop the potatoes. Place in a large 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.

Mashed Potato Martinis
Serves: 12
What You Need
  • Mashed garlic and rosemary potatoes (above)
  • Mashed sweet potatoes (above)
  • Toppings, for example:
  • Caramelized onions (slice 1 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)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Chives
  • Green onions
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Sauteed vegetables: onions, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, etc
  • Chili beans
  • Salsa
  • Hot peppers
What To Do
  1. Make the mashed garlic and rosemary potatoes and the mashed sweet potatoes.
  2. Place the potatoes in a martini glass and top with desired toppings (above).


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  • Reply
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    December 8, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I went to a party once where they had a mashed potato bar set up and it was the most popular section of the party. LOVE this idea!

  • Reply
    December 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Love this idea, would be really elegant at a holiday dinner.

  • Reply
    December 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    They are so elegant in the martini glasses. I love a mash, but especial done like this. I’ll keep this one in mind!

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    [email protected]
    December 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    What a neat idea! great way to give an old classic a little bit of pizzazz!

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    Parsley Sage
    December 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

    FUN! These are a fabulous holiday appetizer :)


  • Reply
    December 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I’m not a huge potato eater either, but a little bit can remind me how good they are. These look and sound fantastic!

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