December 22nd, 2010

{recipe} Three Alternatives to Plain Mashed Potatoes

Celery Root Mash

Celery Root Mash

Christmas is in three days—THREE days?!—and I can feel the food blogosphere quivering. Talented cooks everywhere are working overtime to snap pictures carefully styled to make your mouth water and post all of their holiday recipes up in time. Me included.

But these recipes, the second post in my guest stint at Baby Center’s Momformation, are, in a sense, an interlude. Though I developed them for the holiday table, unlike things like, oh, Sticky Toffee Pudding, these recipes can easily carry you through the winter. Even healthfully, with a few tweaks (think skim milk instead of cream and less butter here or there).

My Holiday Spiced Mashed Potatoes (can be shared with kids 6+ mos) are divine. They are a sweet and savory version of sweet potato pie filling, and that’s a good thing. The way salted caramels are even better than the just sweet kind.

Holiday Spiced Sweet Potatoes

If you prefer something more akin to traditional mashed spuds, try my Celery Root Mash (can be shared with kids 6+ mos; pictured above in Giada bakeware that you can win!). With a potato base, these offer all the comfort and familiarity of the plain version, but with a deliciously unexpected hint of flavor thanks to the celery root.

And, my favorite: Brown Butter Mashed Cauliflower (can be served to kids 6+ mos). Do you need to know more than these will be on my Christmas table (topped with toasted hazelnuts)?

Brown Butter Mashed Cauliflower

The holidays are a time for new recipes and old; time-tested traditions and last-minute experimentations; foods that you enjoy just once a year and ones that bring you joy week after week. So why not give one of these new experiments (to you!) a try? You just might end up with a new regular family table dish.

Oh… and if it hasn’t struck you yet, these are also perfect recipes for anyone whose family includes a first eater. Delicious for grown ups and a great “baby food,” too.

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