January 23rd, 2012

Scallion Mashed Potatoes

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Serves 6 to 8
Time: 35 minutes || Active time: 10 minutes

Scallion Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? No, seriously, that wasn’t a rhetorical question. Just give me a name and I will take care of them Brooklyn style. Well, 80s Brooklyn style, not 2012 Brooklyn style. Meaning: I will beat them up, not take them to a fancy French restaurant in Bushwick. Anyway…

This version is one of my favorite ways to devour spuds. First of all — they’re bright green! They definitely look like a Photoshop mistake. But they’re also fluffy and flavorful and perfect for any mashed potato application, be it building a mountain or smothering in gravy. And the ingredients are so very simple.

You can use either green onions or scallions, although I like the ring of “Scallion Mashed Potatoes” best. The flavor works equally well with spicy South American inspired dishes or savory French sauces. The method is easy: blend a few things up in the blender, throw everything together and mash mash mash mash mash. When using Yukon golds I keep the skin on, but if you’re using russets I’d say to peel ‘em. One bunch of scallions ought to do the job, but if they’re cheap enough get an extra bunch just in case.

And if you’re looking for an even richer mash, try cashew creme instead of almond milk. You won’t regret a thing!

1 1/2 lb yukon gold potatoes

2 1/2 cups chopped green onions or scallions, green and white parts
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your fave unsweetened non-dairy milk)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3/4 teaspoon salt (plus more for the water)
Fresh black pepper to taste

Cut potatoes into about 1 1/2 inch chunks. Place in a pot and cover with cold water. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt into the water. Cover and bring to a boil, keeping a close eye so that they don’t boil for too long.

In the meantime, set aside 1/2 a cup of the scallions to garnish with later. Throw the other two cups into a blender with the almond milk and olive oil and blend until relatively smooth. Set aside.

Once the water is boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 12 minutes, until fork tender. Drain potatoes, then place back in the pot. Do a preliminary mash with a potato masher, just to get them broken up. Add the blender mixture, salt and pepper and mash until fluffy. You may want to add a bit more milk, if needed. Taste for salt and pepper and serve garnished with extra scallions.

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