Saturday, March 28, 2009

Smashed Potatoes with Peas and Red Pepper

This is a really simple twist on regular old mashed potatoes. We eat a lot of potatoes and I'm glad that my kids love them mashed, but sometimes that gets boring, and sometimes I just really don't wanna make gravy. Know what I mean?
So, the solution is simple enough, dress up your potatoes so they need no gravy and have fun fancying them up on the way.
They turned out delicious!! There is so much flavor and goodness! I have to say that I prefer them this way to the plain kind with gravy.

4 or 5 potatoes
1 can peas (or corn or mix of both)
1/4 cup milk
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced or chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 block of cream cheese
4 tbsp butter/divided
2 chicken bouillon cubes

Peel your potatoes and chop them into pieces. Put them all in a big pot and fill with water until potatoes are just covered. Add 2 bouillon cubes and start boiling.
While potatoes are boiling put about 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil if you prefer) in a frying pan on the stove on medium heat. When butter is melted add your chopped pepper, onion, and garlic. Saute until soft and onions are golden. (About 15 minutes)
Check your potatoes by poking them with a fork. When they are nice and tender, drain the water and move to a large bowl. Add 2 tbsp of butter and get a potato masher (or large fork) and start mashing away. You want the potaotes to be a bit lumpy so don't go trying to smooth them out. Add milk and cream cheese and keep mashing.When sufficiently mixed, add the pepper/garlic/onion mix and stir in gently.
Lastly add the peas (or corn) and salt and pepper to taste.
Then get ready to feast on deliciousness!

More options to add would be sour cream, parsley, chives, or heavy cream instead of milk. I liked this exactly as described above, but play around with the recipe to suit your families tastes.

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