I am practicing sides for Thanksgiving. I am trying a few different mashed potato recipes and they all have been good so far. But I am not looking for good. I am looking for amazing!! With at least 2 exclamation points.
These mashed potatoes are inspired from the Zuni Cafe cookbook. I recently visited San Francisco with my fiancee, Pat, where we ate at Zuni Cafe. I didn’t want to sound like a fawning foodie so I just told him it was a nice restaurant. It was amazing!!! (3 exclamation marks) Pat had gnocchi and tuna while I had pork tenderloin. Pat said it was the best meal of his life. It was definitely up there although sometimes when I eat dinner by myself I eat home made ice cream so I have trouble labeling savory food as the best meal ever.
I wanted to make something from the cookbook and decided to make the mashed potatoes when we got back to Chicago. They called for buttermilk which I didn’t have so I made a substitute by adding vinegar to milk. I cut 3 potatoes (leaving the skins since I don’t peel generally, I will for Thanksgiving) into pieces and boiled them until tender. I gently drained them, keeping them in the pan. I heated the pan briefly (maybe 30 seconds) to get rid of extra water. Then I mashed the potatoes with a potato masher and added a tablespoon of faux buttermilk, a few tablespoons of butter, and salt and pepper to taste.
They were good but not quite double exclamation marks. Maybe if I had real buttermilk…I was expecting something extra special and they just tasted like something I would throw together on a week night.