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I love the holidays, mostly because of all the delicious food I get to sample. My favorite dish by far is my dad’s creamy mashed potatoes; my love for it is so profound that it regularly makes an appearance at my birthday dinner, and my dad usually prepares a separate dish for me to take home. If you’re looking for a break from the standard mashed potatoes and gravy this holiday season, these are definitely a crowd-pleaser.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes:
- 10 medium potatoes
- 6 ounces of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
- 2 tsp. onion salt
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- Dash of pepper
- 2 tbs. butter
- Grated cheddar or parmesan cheese
- Dash of paprika
- Peel and quarter potatoes, boil until done and drain.
- Mash potatoes until smooth, mix in cream cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper. Beat well.
- Refrigerate at least 12 hours.
- When ready to bake, place potatoes in greased casserole dish. Dot with butter, top with cheese and paprika.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
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I love potatoes in any shape and form: mashed, baked, boiled and broiled, and I’m always surprised when I run into folks who prefer pasta to spuds. For example, the only potato my daughter will touch is French fries (which incidentally is the only potato that I don’t crave very often), but she can eat pasta and rice every day of the week.
With my hankering for potato dishes, I have developed quite a library of recipes in the last decade, and, if I may say so myself, there are some homemade concoctions that I’m fairly proud of. From potato casseroles to broiled new potatoes, I have experimented with spices, sauces and spuds since the beginning of my marriage. But my favorite potato dishes remain simple, tried and true, such as my broiled rosemary potatoes below.
- Use small fingerling potatoes or cut regular-sized potatoes into 2”x2” squares and add one layer into a baking dish.
- Add olive oil to the potatoes, coating each piece well. Add liberal amounts of fresh rosemary, paprika and coarse sea salt.
- Place in 425 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to stir the potatoes after about 10 minutes so that the potatoes don’t get stuck to the bottom of the pan. (more…)
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