Monday, November 7, 2011

Crazy Cooking Challenge - Mashed Potatos!

This month I am trying out this NEW Linky Party called CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE.

What is it?

Well, the group is thrown a challenge... this month it was "Mashed Potatoes". Then go out and find a recipe, not from a famous chef or site but a good drool-worthy recipe, make it, blog about it and submit it for the vote! Yes, all the blogger make the same dish, but all the recipes are different. Deliciously different!

So, what did I find?

Well, a few weeks back, while pinning my night away, I came across this recipe on Creative Culinary for Mashed Potatoes with Lemon, Garlic and Chives.

With the holidays approaching and cold weather coming on, I am in full comfort food quest mode online. Nothing too decadent, but potatoes are always a favorite. I absolutely adore a rustic mashed potato with skins on and some real lumps. I am lucky that my DH's great grandmother also included some lumps.

Okay, I love me a good starchy pile of spuds, but with lemon? I have come across several recipes using lemon zest and wanted to give it a try. I mean, it has garlic in it, how could I go wrong?

So, I grabbed some red potatoes and Yukon gold or two jumped in to join the party.  I had the intent to pulverize and make then delicious. See how unsuspecting they are?

Melt the butter, warm up the minced garlic and add the lemon zest in for a splash of brightness I have never had in mashed potatoes before. It is darn good.

Boil, drain and get those taters ready to par-tay! They will be perfect to slip into that warmed butter...

Mixed with a bit of buttermilk (which is lowfat but big on flavor!), the butter mixture, some fresh chopped chives and lemon zest to add a little zing to a usually heavy dish, this side dish really shines.

I was very pleased with the recipe and want to ask you to vote. Vote for these Mashed Potatoes with Lemon, Garlic and Chives. Creative Culinary put together one yummy dish of mashed potatoes.  Don't you agree?

Be sure to check out all the Mashed Potato goodness on the Crazy Cooking Challenge's Linky. Everyone made the same thing, but the recipes are far from the same. Enjoy!
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