Linderhof


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Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mashed Potatoes - Linderhof's way

It's always fun to participate in Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum. Do visit and see the other delicious dishes offered forthe St. Patrick's Potluck Foodie Friday.


When one thinks of Ireland one always thinks of the potato. Nothing is as good or as simple or as homey as mashed potatoes. Real mashed potatoes. They're easy for you cook them with the skins on and the lovely skins just add to the dish. And what better dish for a St. Patrick's Potluck than a potato dish!

A casserole of potatoes enough to feed a crowd or a small army. The great thing about this recipe is that it is make ahead. You can even do it the day before and bake them to piping hot just before your meal. There is a basic recipe. A "little black dress" of a recipe that can be dressed up or down to suit your needs. For this particular casserole, I melted the stick of butter and infused it with garlic. You can add rosemary, cheeses, bacon, green onion. Whatever you like in or on a potato. It's that versatile!

To gild the lily, we often sprinkle it with fresh garden chives before we take it to the table.

And . . . any leftovers can be heated with some chicken stock and some half and half to make the best potato soup.

The recipe is simple and can be adjusted many ways.

Linderhof Mashed Potatoes
(The Basic Recipe)

5 pounds of potatoes (red, baby red or yukon gold), unpeeled
1 stick of butter
8 ounces sour cream
8 ounce package cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes with the skin on until cooked through. Drain water. Mash potatoes with a hand masher. (You want them pureed but not whipped). Add butter, sour cream, cream cheese. Stir until everything is mixed well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour into a casserole, cover and refrigerate. Reheat in casserole dish at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Variations:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Melt butter, add 2 cloves minced garlic and let garlic infuse butter. Pour butter into potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese. Mix well.

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes: Add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary when you add butter, sour cream and cream cheese.

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes: Add 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese when you add butter, sour cream, cream cheese.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes: Add 1 cup Cheddar cheese, about 3 strips bacon that has been cooked and crumbled, 4 green onions that have been chopped -- both white and green when you add butter, sour cream and cheese cheese.


37 comments:

santamaker said...

These look delicious and would love to try this recipe.

KinaBolina said...

Ooh, parmesan mashed potatoes sound delish!

Susan said...

My husband is a meat and potato eater and I have got to try this one! Thanks!

Susan said...

Yummm sounds good! Happy Foodie Friday!
Susan

Happy To Be said...

This looks wonderful...and I really like about using leftovers for soup..2 meals in one..thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

mbkatc230 said...

I've never met a potato I didn't like, and this sounds great. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

Mama said...

Potatoes are so versatile and your look delicious, great ideas. Kathy.

Linda said...

Now that's some beautiful comfort food! Linda

ellen b said...

Oh what a wonderful looking dish. I love all the variations too! Happy FF to you! have a wonderful weekend...

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh boy I love potatoes.Any way they are prepared ! I will try these.

Foley said...

Already copied and pasted this into my file as a reminder as to the many way to serve mashed potatoes! Great idea of a post !!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oooooh, Yum-O! This looks so, so, SO good! I can't wait to try these. I could eat that whole pan, and I'm hungry enough right now to try. LOL!

Happy FF and St. Pat's...

XO,

Sheilla :-)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

One of my favourite things! Great. Now I'm hungry.

Mary said...

These all look wonderful, Martha.

JyLnC said...

Mashed potatoes are a food that I can never resist.

xinex said...

sounds and looks so delicious!...Christine

teacup said...

I love Mashed potatoes...........my favourite comfort food. I can eat them daily.

Erica

carolinajewel said...

Sounds delicious and looks it too! :D Jewel

Bo said...

You can't get any more Irish than potatoes and these look scrumptious! Happy Foodie Friday & thanks for this "little black dress" of a recipe! ;-) Bo

Chandy said...

I will definitely make these potatoes on St. Pat's! Thanks for sharing this yummy item today! Happy Friday!

Kathleen said...

Oh yes, we Irish do love our potatoes..growing up no meal was complete without them!
Yours look delicious!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This looks so good!! I love mashed potatoes!

Gollum said...

What a great post, and on so many levels! This is a classic recipe, one that should be in every kitchen. The potatoes look delicious; and I LOVE the variations. I never think of making potatoes ahead of time, and as a result, I'm always panicking at holiday meals. I am definitely remembering this.

Leigh of said...

YUM

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

OMG, I could live on these forever! (Unfortunately that's why I no longer have a waistline!)

Thank you for dropping by & your sweet comments. Oh my, we got a huge chuckle out of your comment about your first jello poke cake! ☺

Diane

Martha said...

Diane,

I've come a long way since that first poke cake!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This looks like a keeper! I have a feeling I'll be making this one over and over -- especially since it can be made ahead -- thanks for this share!

SusanQ said...

What a great-sounding recipe! I love the touch o green in them too :) Happy Foodie Friday!

Acorn Cottage said...

I have a very similar recipe that is a family favorite. We make it for Easter and Christmas and and everyone LOVES it! I like your ideas for the different variations and using leftovers for soup! Thanks for sharing!

susan said...

Nothing more versatile than a potato!! Thanks for the ideas and for stopping by!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. laurie

Paula Bee said...

Yum! This sounds delish! I'll be giving it a try this week. Thank you! Love Paula

imjacobsmom said...

In our house this is enough for a family of four! (or just me!) I LOVE mashed potatoes! I love them plain or with any of the other suggestions. Great Post! ~ Robyn

Melissa Wertz said...

Looks very good and sounds tasty!

Shirley said...

These sound yummy. I've copied your recipe to my computer so I can try them.

Lynn said...

Oh my those potatoes look yummy!!! I need to try them all...

ann said...

Thank you so much for stopping by.If you hadn't I would have never known about you.
You are so right.The potato is so delicious and so versatile and so NEEDED.Yes,we HAVE to have our potatoes,haha.
And yours do look awesome...Ann