"Mash" is one of those comfort foods which has the ability to make even the strictest of your non-carb-eating friends back down and chow down!
My mother used to steam potato and parnip, mash them up with lashings of butter and parsley...it really doesn't take that much time and its a far call from the french industrial "purée" which comes in dried flake form where you just add water. Take the time to read the ingredients on these packets and you will certainly drop it quickly back on its shelf.
A reader asked me how to jazz up mashed potato so here's a few ideas my family enjoy.
- 1/3 Parnips, 2/3 Potatos
- 1/3 Parsnips 2/3 Carrots, add a little orange zest
- Basic mash with black truffle - stir in a little truffle shavings after mashing, spray over a little white truffle oil when serving
- Spice up your mash with grated cardomom ( love the stuff!) - change potato for sweet potato, mash as usual but add a teaspoon of ground cardomom and one very finely chopped shallot
- fresh green herbs - use basic mash recipe and add a handful of chopped herbs ( such as chives/ciboulette, parsley, basil etc)after mashing plus a little lemon zest