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How to Kick Mashed Potatoes Up a Notch

Beaten spuds taste great with a little butter and salt. But with a dash of creativity, you can really liven them up.


  • Step 1: Add chopped or pureed roasted red peppers to the potatoes and mix in thoroughly with a spoon. Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors fully absorb.
  • Step 2: Stir in a few tablespoons of pesto sauce to enjoy your mashed potatoes Italian-style. This is a great side for any grilled Mediterranean chicken, fish, or veggies.
  • TIP: Find pesto at gourmet food stores or the international section of your supermarket.
  • Step 3: Stir in shredded mozzarella, Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar, or grated Parmesan for a richer version of the classic recipe.
  • TIP: You can also spoon mashed potatoes into a heat-proof dish, top with cheese, and bake or broil for a crunchy crust.
  • Step 4: Stir in a few tablespoons of prepared horseradish and heavy cream for extra zest.
  • Step 5: Stir in chopped green peppers, cumin, and chipotle peppers to add some Tex-Mex flavor. Serve with a side of salsa and sour cream for that extra touch!
  • FACT: Mashed potatoes are commonly used as a topping for European casseroles such as the British shepherd's pie and the Irish colcannon.

You Will Need

  • A jar of roasted red peppers
  • Pesto sauce
  • Shredded or grated cheese
  • Prepared horseradish
  • Heavy cream
  • Chopped green peppers
  • Cumin
  • Chipotle peppers
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream

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