These are not your traditional mashed potatoes! The addition of pesto and Parmesan cheese transform plain potatoes into a dish packed with flavor.
I think you all are going to love this recipe challenge. It will be every other month and will feature tons of great recipes from some fantastic bloggers. This month’s challenge was potatoes and I was so stoked for it! I LOVE potatoes!
Sometimes it’s fun to jazz up an old favorite. Of course in our house mashed potatoes aren’t hugely popular with anyone but me. Being Hawaiian I grew up having rice all the time, having potatoes was always exciting. My hubby grew up having potatoes all the time and now all he ever wants is rice.
It’s always interesting to see who will win the side dish battle! To be fair, I try to do a fairly even mix of rice and potatoes. Who knew potatoes v. rice would be the great compromise in our home.
So I’ve taken to spicing up the old potato classics to make them more appealing to my little clan. The Lemon Pepper Potato Wedges were a huge success so I figured taking a flavor my family loves like pesto and adding it to the potatoes.
The Pesto Mashed Potatoes were a great addition to a simple rotisserie chicken or Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Chicken and Breadmaker Garlic Bread and a salad.
And the leftover mashed potatoes were used to make some delectable Pesto Tuna Cakes (recipe coming soon). I love when one dish can get reused to make a second dish. No leftovers to be forgotten in the fridge!
And if this isn’t enough potato inspiration for you there are over 40+ great potato recipes from bloggers participating in this month’s challenge! Make sure to check them all out!
Pesto Mashed Potatoes
Pesto Mashed Potatoes
- 1 1/2 lbs potatoes like Yukon gold or russet potatoes, chopped
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 cup pesto
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water. Cook for about 15 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the potato piece.
- Use a potato masher and break up all of the potato pieces. Add milk and pesto and mix to combine. If needed, continue using the potato masher to create a smooth mixture.
- Top with shredded parmesan cheese.