10 fun things to add to homemade mashed potatoes
No, homemade mashed potatoes are not boring! It’s a classic, simple side dish that can be quite surprising when you add a few creative ingredients.
Here is our list of the 10 best ingredients to add to homemade mashed potatoes.
There’s a large variety of choice out there when it comes to meat toppings. Bacon, ham, prosciutto, sausage, hot dogs…the sky is the limit! Adding a meat topping instantly gives mashed potatoes an extra dose of protein and flavor.
Here too, the possibilities are endless. From cream cheese to blue cheese, to cheddar and parmesan, there are so many different cheeses that pair well with mashed potatoes. Choose your favorite one and start from there!
Some of the best herbs to add to mashed potatoes are chives, parsley and sorrel. Not only do they add another dimension of flavor, but they also add a much needed touch of color to this classic dish.
Garlic and onion
If mashed potatoes bore you and you’re looking to jazz them up, then look no further than garlic and onions! Just be careful to get the balance right, because otherwise you’ll have garlic breath for days!
MAYONNAISE and mustard
Have you ever thought of adding a few teaspoons of mayonnaise or mustard to mashed potatoes? We promise that once you try this, you’ll never look back! These condiments add a creamy touch to mashed potatoes and give them a creative new taste.
Grains and seeds
What bothers a lot of people about mashed potatoes is the consistency: they’re smooth, bland and uniform. There’s nothing really to chew there, nothing to bite into. So to solve this problem, why not add some crunchy seeds like poppy or sesame? You can even try Tonka beans for extra crunch!
Spices and other seasonings
Cumin, paprika, nutmeg…everyone has their own favorite spice. So why not add it to mashed potatoes? Even vanilla adds an interesting kick!
Not only are they healthy, but they also taste great and add crunch. Hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts make great additions to mashed potatoes.
Whether you go for green olives or black ones, olive mashed potatoes make a great side to any main dish. You can even use the leftovers to make fried potato cakes the next day!
matcha green tea
Here’s a really interesting ingredient to add to mashed potatoes: powdered Matcha green tea. Not only will it add a whole new realm of flavor, but it will also turn your potatoes green!
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