Sunday, December 7, 2008

Starchy Sides: Pomegranate Butternut Squash and the Best Mashed Potatoes Ever

And we're still blogging about hopes that you might be inspired to try these dishes for your holiday dinner. We had two AMAZING sides at this year's Thanksgiving- sadly, sides don't get any love and I don't even have a photo of the best mashed potatoes that I have ever made. So a few quick words about these sides:

  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranates with Walnut Oil- My Aunt Judy made this dish by roasting the butternut squash and tossing it with fresh pomegranate seeds and drizzling it with walnut oil. Not only was the dish beautifully vibrant, it was delicious.
  • The Most Decadent Holiday Potatoes Ever- I saw Martha and Snoop Dogg makes Martha's mom's mashed potatoes and had to try them. They use Yukon Gold potatoes which you boil in the skins. Once the potatoes are cooked, the skins slide right off and it's easier than peeling ahead of time. Once the skins are off, we use my nonni's potato ricer to take out any lumps. The ricer pushes the cooked potato through small holes like an extruder. Then you add heavy cream, whole milk and the secret ingredient: cream cheese! And, they were the BEST POTATOES I HAVE EVER MADE. The color is a beautiful yellow and they are so smooth and delicious. Click here to get the fabulous recipe or to see Snoop add cognac to his potatoes in the video- it's worth a look. We will be making these every year!
We just have one more Thanksgiving post to go...the turkeys! If you didn't see how we made our pies and rolls, check out where all the baking posts go.