Is there anyone else out there who can not believe that Thanksgiving is in mere days? I still sort of can’t believe it. I’ve managed to move past my shock and this week I’ve got a few Thanksgiving recipes for you all – they are traditional sides with little twists.
I hope I don’t upset anyone by saying this, but I’ve never been a huge fan of mashed potatoes. They are all right, but I’d much rather my potatoes fried in duck fat. 🙂 And even though I’m not really a fan – we thought that having a mashed potato bar at our wedding would be super fun! There were a few varieties of mashed potatoes, with toppings like pancetta, lobster and creme fraiche, which make mashed potatoes sound so much better – I heard it was good!
My husband on the other hand loves potatoes of any kind (he’s a real Midwestern boy) and I love him so I tried to figure out a way to compromise. I hear that is what marriage is all about. 😉
So I proceeded to think about the things that I love (selfishly) and if they could possibly pair with mashed potatoes. Coconut milk and curry; wasabi and bok choy; neither of which seemed appropriate for Thanksgiving, especially since I realize there are a lot of Thanksgiving purists out there.
And then I thought about my beloved cured pork and cheese. And I thought that garlic mashed potatoes topped with crispy proscuitto and parmesan cheese would make everyone happy.
- 1.5 pounds baby red potatoes
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp half & half
- salt & pepper
- 4 oz proscuitto
- 4 oz parmesan
- Place potatoes and garlic cloves in large pot.
- Cover with water.
- Bring to a boil and lower, cooking for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes .
- Remove from heat and put in mixing bowl.
- Add butter, half & half and whip or mash to desired consistency.
- Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Place proscuitto in hot pan and heat, flipping occasionally until crisp.
- Shred parmesan over hot mashed potatoes and crumble proscuitto over top.
- Serve hot.
- *Mashed potatoes can be made ahead of time, just re-heat and top with proscuitto and cheese.