Peace & Harmony: Mashed Potatoes 4 Ways in an Instant
I’m living in a blended family, but not blended as our society has come to know it. First we have Mom who is an omnivore. As much as I would like her to, she is not going to change her way of eating. Then there’s Bruce who’s on a mission to reduce his sodium intake and eat less refined foods. And then there’s me, the plant-based girl who just wants to have fun. Without any health issues to contend with I still like to salt my food and have some sugar in my baked goods. At times it’s a challenge to get everyone to agree, especially about food. Last night I made mashed potatoes in my instant pot. In the four minutes that they were under pressure, I came up with a plan to appeal to everyone’s palate. After the potatoes and onions were mashed with some almond milk, I placed a portion in a separate bowl for Mom and, with a grimace, added some butter. The remaining potatoes were mixed with black pepper and brought to the table. Bruce had his potatoes straight up with a side of steamed vegetables. I divided my share in two and judiciously sprinkled black truffle salt on one half and a generous dusting of The Gentle Chef’s sour cream and cheddar seasoning on the other half. This dinner dilemma was solved with an ounce of ingenuity, a spoonful of diplomacy and a few pounds of potatoes. Mashed potatoes can stand in as a side to a lentil loaf or bean dish or be the focal point surrounded by a side of steamed vegetables or sauteed greens. You could replace the onion with four large cloves of roasted garlic or add some herbs like rosemary or thyme. (If you don’t have a pressure cooker simply place the potatoes in cold water, bring to a boil, simmer until soft and drain.) However you serve them up, these mashed potatoes are sure to bring some peace and harmony to your table. Thanks for being Vegi-curious.
Mashed Potatoes 4 Ways in an Instant
- 2 lbs. white potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 large onion, chopped
- ¾ cup water
- ½ cup hot non-dairy milk (or more if desired)
- salt & pepper to taste
Way 2: add Sour Cream & Cheddar Seasoning from The Gentle Chef
Way 3: add truffle salt to taste
Way 4: substitute 4 large gloves of roasted garlic for onion
Place potatoes, onions and water in pressure cooker or instant pot. Set pressure to high, then cook for four minutes. Use quick release to open pressure cooker. Add hot milk, salt & pepper and mash to desired consistency.