Below are some ideas to refresh your menu options without breaking the budget. All of the ideas are an addition to the classic mashed potato recipe.
*Adapted from Potatoes by Annie Nichols
*Classic Mashed Potatoes
Mix butter and milk or 1/2 & 1/2 cream into potatoes; season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Sweet Pepper Mash
Fold into mash roasted red bell peppers, olive oil, salt, freshly ground black pepper and dried oregano.
Add saffron to the water when boiling peeled potatoes or infuse the saffron in the milk or cream before adding the liquid to the mash; season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Boil green beans for one minute; drain and cut into one-inch pieces. Add pesto, green beans to mash, amalgamate and sprinkle mash with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Puree parsley, basil, chives, mint, cilantro or any other soft herbs in a food processor with olive oil and add to mash.
Roast garlic and squeeze the flesh out of their skins, crush well and stir garlic into the mash.
Stir in one type of cheese like Fontina or Gorgonzola or add different types of cheese to a mash to create a signature flavour.
*Wild Mushroom Mash
Chop up button, oyster and cremini mushrooms, sautee with onions and add to mash.
Sun-dried Tomato Mash
Chop up sun-dried tomatoes and stir into mash adding olive oil and dried oregano.
Roasted Onion Mash
Sautee onion gently with olive oil, let cool slightly and add to mash.