2009 comebacks: Behold the humble mashed potato
When most people think of mashed potatoes, they might envision a big creamy dollop of whipped spuds, crowned with a melting pad of butter on top, nestled next to some sliced beef and green beans. Perhaps they may think of mashed potatoes as the willing receiver of gravy upon a dinner plate delightfully adorned with roast poultry and greens. However, these mealtime scenarios have historically relegated the potato to an undeserved side-dish status. Given the potato's low cost relative to its food value, it's only fitting that mashed potatoes should now be moving into main-dish territory.
I went to one of my wife's favorite websites, Cooks.com. There, I found a whopping 743 recipes which responded to the search query, "mashed potatoes." The very first recipe I encountered was an easy to make dish called "Portuchenua beef-corn-mashed potato." It sounds absolutely delicious, and should easily feed a hungry family, without causing budgetary distress. I also found this recipe for Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole, which would make an excellent base for combining or layering with any number of meat or vegetable ingredients. I even found several recipes for mashed potato cake, mashed potato doughnuts, and mashed potato candy.
If your food budget is placing a strain on you, and you're looking for healthy, budget-conscious options, don't forget to make room in your meal plans for our friends the potatoes. I promise, they won't mind if you mash them up a bit.