12 Ways Mashed Potatoes Power Up Your Dinner
By Karen Reed
Mashed potatoes are the side dish of the Gods. There are just so many ways that you can use them with your meals and they instantly power up any dinner.
For many people, mashed potatoes are just a quick way to add a side dish to meals. However, they can also be used as a topping and can replace some of the high carb, low fiber options. You see, potatoes are one of the best carbs to eat. They’re starchy, so they leave you feeling full quickly.
If you make mashed potatoes with milk and butter, you also get some calcium and healthy fats to your dinner. Here’s a look at the best ways they power up any dinner.
Mash Your Vegetables into Them
Many people complain that mashed potatoes don’t have much flavor. Well, it’s time to look at the quickest way to add flavor without any hassle at all. This method also offers extra nutrients and extra food without very many extra calories.
You can mash in some of your vegetables with your potatoes. This is popular with Swede, turnip, or carrot. However, you can mash in absolutely anything that you want. The best option is to find a root vegetable or two that will add to the flavor of the potatoes, whether you use milk or not to create a creamy mixture.
The potatoes and vegetables will need to be soft. It’s best to use a hand masher for them, but you can also put them in the blender to get rid of the chunky elements. Just watch out for the potatoes going too runny!
If you don’t fancy mashing up your vegetables, you can always chop them up and mix them in that way. This is great for onions, kale, spinach, and other vegetables that don’t tend to mash that well.
Throw in Some Herbs and Spices
Don’t forget about the herbs and spices that you have available. Paprika is becoming a popular option in many houses, and it is powerful for mashed potatoes. You just need a pinch to get the taste.
The downside with paprika is that your potatoes will turn a reddish color. The same applies if you add turmeric – you’ll get an orangey color to your potatoes. They can work well with sweet potatoes instead if you just want something a little different.
Garlic powder, onion powder, and chives are other popular options to add into your mashed potatoes. You can even add them all in to get a world of flavors that gel together.
Try out a few options. Mash your potatoes first and then start adding the spices. Dried is perfectly fine, but you can use fresh if you really want to. Fresh is good when you have chives or parsley, as you’ll get a stronger taste.
Make Them Creamier with the Right Liquid
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