Friday, June 27, 2008

Zucchini Mashed Potatoes

OK, I am sure you saw the pic tonight and thought, "what the deuce?" I was tempted to call these "Three Mile Island Mashed Potatoes" because they look like cooling towers and the attempt at a funky presentation was about as successful as America's foray into atomic energy. The plan was to add finely grated zucchini to mashed potatoes for extra nutrition and taste. But, I thought the boys might revolt at green specks in their potatoes so I tried to a kind of columnar presentation. As you can see it did not work out. The flour I added to make them stiffer made the potatoes too gummy, and the columns flattened in the oven. That aside, the idea is still good. After you make mashed potatoes, add in one finely grated zucchini and mix well. The flavours work well together and it is a way to get kids to eat zucchini.

9 comments:

clem said...

Interesting idea. It occurs to me that you could also use broccoli instead of zucchini and/or possibly replace the fat in traditional mashed potatoes with mashed avocado.

mollyjade said...

Another way to go about the same idea is to shred zucchini into potato pancakes.

Vegan Next Door said...

Those mashed potatoes look excellent. You can tell zucchini is in season right now because it seems like all of us vegan bloggers are cooking with it (I have a couple recipes on mine). I'm definitely going to have to try those. I bet they'd be really good made into pierogies.

mad about udon said...

Wow, it certainly is zucchini week in the vegan blogosphere! These look unusual but I bet they tasted great.

Janet said...

I wonder if you scoop the potatoes into muffin tins when you baked them, they might keep thier shape that way? Of course, getting them out might be tricky...no matter, I'm sure they're delicious ;)

Jennie said...

Ah, veggies mashed into potatoes are comfort food for me. My mum used to make "green potatoes" which was simply mashed potatoes with Kale mixed in. Apparently this is common in Holland, where her family comes from. Broccoli is an easy and delicious substitute. Cauliflower also works very well (although obviously isn't green). As a child we had green potatoes with meatballs and gravy, but nowadays mushroom gravy with some veggie sausage or breaded seitan works just as well. Cheers!

Happy Herbivore! said...

I slip cooked (and shredded) cabbage into out mashed potatoes -- there is no green hue! I think this was a lovely idea but I'm sorry it didnt work out as you had hoped. Maybe they would have gone for it on St. Patty's day ;)

Kristina said...

It looks like the mountain in the movie:
Close Encounters of the 3rd kind.
We watched it the other night.
It looks yummy!

Toni said...

I can't stop laughing at your description. They DO look like 3 mile island. But honestly, they sound yummy too.
Blessings,
~Toni~