Predictability and not having to think about things are great a lot of times. But a life of only that? It would get a little boring and stagnant. And think about it: There is no place that this happens more than around food. We do what we do, we buy what we buy, and we eat the same five things every week. It might save a little time in the moment, but honestly it’s not always the healthiest move for our bodies or minds. See what you can do to mix it up and bring a new element to one of your favorite foods or dishes. I will play with you — let’s reinvent mashed potatoes and make them healthier and tastier! You’ll believe it when you taste these.
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs
Olive oil easily replaces the heavier cream, butter, and flour in this decadent-seeming and delicious rendition of a classic comfort dish. This is great for the holidays, too. Makes approximately 6 servings.
4 Russet or 6 Yukon Gold
½ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, whole
½ cup fresh herbs of your choice: parsley, tarragon, basil, dill,
Add sea salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large soup pot, bring enough water to a boil to cover the potatoes. Once boiling, add potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are easily poked with a fork.
- Add garlic to the pot in the last 5 minutes. Drain water, but reserve ½ cup of the cooking liquid in the pot.
- Mash potatoes with a hand masher, or blend with an immersion or regular blender to whatever consistency you like.
- Add olive oil, extra cooking water, herbs, and a generous amount of sea salt and pepper. Add more olive oil, if necessary, to taste.