Monday, October 10, 2011
A MEDITERRANEAN RIFF ON MASHED POTATOES FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER
I couldn't resist posting this recipe from my new book World Vegan Feast for those of you Canadians who want a slightly different version of mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner tonight!
PS: I don't usually add "butter" to mashed potatoes when I serve it, but it looked more interesting for the photo with some melted Earth Balance.
BRYANNA’S MASHED POTATOES WITH SAUTÉED CHARD AND GARLIC
Serves 6 GF, SFO
This is a delicious Mediterranean take on the Irish potato and cabbage dish, colcannon.
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and chunked (see Tip below)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 lb. green swiss chard, tough stems removed and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup hot nondairy milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly Ground black pepper
1.) Place a metal colander or steamer insert in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add enough water to barely reach the bottom of the colander. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Transfer the potato chunks to the steamer/colander, cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook the potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are soft and the tip of a paring knife inserted into a potato chunk meets no resistance.
2.) While the potatoes cook, sauté the garlic and chard in hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Keep stirring, adding a tiny bit of water or broth if necessary, but the chard should exude its own liquid. When all of the liquid has evaporated and the garlic and chard are tender (but still bright green), remove from heat and set aside with a lid over the skillet to keep it warm. (The chard can be cooked ahead of time and briefly reheated before adding to the potatoes to serve.)
3.) Set a potato ricer or food mill over the empty pot. Working in batches, transfer the potatoes to the hopper of the ricer or food mill and press or grind them through the holes, removing any potatoes that stick to the bottom. Press all the potatoes through the ricer or food mill into the pot. If you do not have a ricer or a food mill, transfer the potatoes to the pot, which has been drained of water and mash with a potato masher. Stir in the salt until well-mixed.
4.) Stir in the hot milk and beat the potatoes with a wooden spoon until they are smooth and fluffy. Add the chard and garlic and lots of black pepper. Mixwell and taste for salt. Serve immediately.
Tip: Yukon Gold potatoes contribute a “buttery” look and flavor without using much fat. I steam the potatoes rather than boil them because steaming reduces the chance of having “gluey” mashed potatoes. It also saves nutrients. Using a potato ricer or a food mill makes mashed potatoes extra fluffy. See more about this at this blog post.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!