Always have a back-up plan.
Things started out smoothly but quickly changed when my mom came down with a bit of pneumonia. That meant long days at the doctor, the lab, the radiologist and the pharmacy...repeated each week for three weeks. I am happy to say that the CAT scan on Friday was clear. That said. I haven't gotten groceries not have I cooked much.
I did however, have a back-up plan that wasn't really I hadn't thought of as a back-up plan. I just happened to have everything that I needed and was trying to use up some buttermilk. Thus, we have today's post: Buttermilk-Chive Mashed Potatoes. Not the most difficult side dish and rather obvious for the ingredients, but I am so happy that I made them and photographed them for future!!
They were wonderful! I remember my mom using buttermilk in mashed potatoes on occasion and how good they were. These hit the mark especially with butter melting on them! When I make mashed potatoes, I don't measure. I use liquid sparingly and aim for consistency of the mashed potatoes. We prefer potatoes that are on the thick side. That said, below is the recipe that I used as a guide for ingredients.
Buttermilk-Chive Mashed Potatoes
adapted from The Irish Spirit by Margaret Johnson
Yield: 4-6 servings
3 pounds baking potatoes, peeled ad cut into small chunks
1/2 cup unsalted Kerrygold Irish butter, cut into pieces
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Return the potatoes to the pot. Mash over low heat until they are almost smooth or to your desired consistency. Stir in the butter. Add the buttermilk and half and half in parts mixing after each part. Stop when they are at your desired consistency. Mix in the thyme and chives. Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.
Note: Everybody has a preference when it comes to the consistency of their mashed potatoes. I did not use all of the liquid in the recipe. I added it in parts until I was happy with the consistency.
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