Come end of February, I’m craving warm, hearty, comforting dishes, like classic mashed potatoes. However, the same old spoonful with every meal can get as boring as another night in, thanks to a never-ending deep freeze. Spruce up regular old mashed taders by using fresh herbs, winter spices, and a variety of potatoes and root veggies.

Here are eight all-about-comfort mashed potato recipes…

1. Tex-Mex Mash

Add some giddy-up to traditional mashed taders by slicing red mini potatoes rather than white and leaving the skins intact (you’ll get added fiber). Mash your flavorful reds with grated Monterey Jack cheese, peppery scallions, velvety sour cream, and chopped jalapenos. Yee-haw!

tex mex

Source: Food Network

2. Orange You Glad Sweet Potato Mash

Boost your classic white potato mash with flavor and nutrition by using sweet potatoes, carrots, or butternut squash. Mash with savory chicken stock, fresh thyme, and spice with a taste of the season—cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet orange marmalade preserve.

orange sweet potatos

Source: Rachael Ray

3. Mashed Sweet Potato with Kale and Boursin Cheese

I won’t judge if your mouth is watering at the sight of this bowl of creamy sweet potato mash. Not only does this recipe call for the added nutrition of sweet potatoes—the infusion of chopped, fresh kale takes this dish to super food proportions. Blend with milk and shredded Boursin cheese for a spoonful of ooey-gooey goodness in each bite.


Source: A Family Feast

4. Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Mash

This mash of red and white potatoes certainly makes for a delicious dish! Leave every other potato with the skins on for added color and fiber. Blend with minced, fresh garlic, butter, milk, and top with the irresistible flavors of tangy Parmesan cheese and fresh chives!

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Source: Liz on Call

5. Caramelized-Onion Mashed Potatoes

Totally drool-worthy describes this delicious dish of caramelized onion mashed potatoes perfectly. The combination of sliced red potatoes blends lovingly with fresh garlic cloves, buttery onions, sour cream

and milk, shredded cheddar cheese, and salty bacon bits. To take the fat content down a notch—but not the flavor—use fat-free sour cream, fat-free milk, and low fat cheddar cheese instead.



6. Mashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash

The perfect fall or winter mash comes in this pureed and roasted bowl of butternut squash, Yukon Gold potatoes, celery root, and rutabaga infused with garlic, buttermilk, and given the fluffy treatment by putting the mixture through a food mill or a fine-mesh sieve. Spice with nutmeg and chives for a truly comforting cold-weather dish.



7. Broccoli Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Trying to trick the kidlets into eating their veggies? It won’t be any trouble when you combine these undeniably dreamy Russet mashed potatoes with three kinds of freshly grated cheese—including sharp American cheddar cheese, tangy Parmesan Cheese, and subtle Romano Cheese—plus the nutrition of diced broccoli. This dish tastes like broccoli cheese soup meets mashed potatoes. Talk about a cheesy delight for any weeknight!


Source: Cooking Classy

8. Mashed Potatoes with Carrots and Dill

There’s no reason why mashed potatoes have to be filled with fat-inducing butter and cream to be deemed delicious. Tempt your more nutritious pallet with hot, comforting spoonfuls of Yukon gold potatoes mashed with fresh carrots, creamy low-fat Greek yogurt, a dash of kosher salt and coarse ground pepper, chopped dill, and just a dollop of unsalted butter. Delicious and nutritious!


Source: Real Simple


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