Mashing It Up!
Mashed Potatoes & Carrots and
Mashed Rutabagas & Apples

So mashed potatoes are one thing – wonderful comfort food, of course. But once you mash potatoes and carrots together, you just might not go back, especially because Mashed Potatoes & Carrots are naturally light – and need very little, if any, added fat to make them taste rich and luscious.

And don't miss Mashed Rutabagas & Apples, it's a great way to sweeten root vegetables, not with processed sugar but the natural sweetness of fruit.

Mashed Potatoes & Carrots

Mashed potatoes and carrots are easy to imagine, as in, WHY DIDN'T WE DO THIS BEFORE? But mashed rutabagas? You’ll like them too.

Awhile back, our long-time family friend Meryl recommended a favorite of hers, rutabagas glazed with soy sauce, brown sugar and butter. To me, they were, well, okay. A week later, a leftover rutabaga was going to waste in the fridge. I searched for another recipe and am glad of it.

The lesson: Just because you don’t like a food, especially an unfamiliar one, cooked one way doesn’t mean you won’t love it some other way. Don’t give up after the first try!

MASHED RUTABAGAS & APPLES

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 50 minutes
Makes 5 cups
  • Water to cover
  • 2 medium rutabagas (about 2 pounds after peeling)
  • 3 cooking apples
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Generous salt & pepper

Bring water to boil in a large pot over medium high. Peel rutabagas, cut in a half-inch dice. Add to boiling water, let it return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until soft, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, peel (don’t skip this step) and chop apples. Once rutabagas are soft, add apples and cook another 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a food processor. Add butter and maple syrup, process until quite smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per half cup: 77Cal; 1g Protein; 3g Tot Fat; 14g Carb; 3g Fiber; 19mg Sodium; 6mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point
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MASHED POTATOES & CARROTS

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Makes 3 cups
  • Water to cover (see ALANNA’s TIPS)
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed, skins on
  • 1 pound carrots (see TIPS)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt & pepper to taste

Bring water and table salt to boil in a large pot over medium high. While water heats, dice potatoes in about one-inch pieces. Peel carrots and cut cross-wise in half-inch lengths. Add potatoes, carrots and table salt to water and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and let simmer until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain, reserving about a cup of liquid. Mash potatoes, carrots and butter with hand mixer, adding reserved liquid as needed. (It’s possible none will be needed.) Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Half Cup: 119 Cal; 2g Protein; 2g Tot Fat; 24g Carb; 3g Fiber; 70mg Sodium; 5mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers Old Points 2 & PointsPlus 4 points
ALANNA's TIPS ‘Water to cover’ is kitchen code for estimating how much water will be required for cooking. The tricky bit is that time efficiency demands the estimate be made before the potatoes (or whatever) are ready. The trick, thus, is to know that ‘water to cover’ is an estimate and ‘good enough’ is great. The bad news first: Bags of prepeeled carrots have no flavor when cooked. The good news: It takes only a couple of minutes to peel and chop the carrots yourself. The trick to Mashed Potatoes & Carrots is using the hot cooking water to loosen the mixture when mashing. The more cooking water, the creamier the potatoes -- completely eliminating the need to add butter and cream for most mashed potato recipes. My cousin Lynda, who loves Mashed Potatoes and Carrots, uses exactly NO butter when making hers. One reader says her young children called these "Golden Glow Potatoes"! These are especially good with meat, like meatloaf, braised meats, even stews. And if you like potatoes mashed with carrots, wait until you try Those Pink Potatoes, which are mashed with what, you say? Beets!

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When the kids were young they (especially Scott)loved Golden Glow potatoes - carrots and potatoes cooked together. Sometimes I just mashed them but they loved it when I riced them because they seemed to absorb gravy better.

11/11/2005
 
Does everyone agree, Golden Glow is the new name?!

11/11/2005
 
I am a VERY picky eater...
I find mashing vegetables is a great idea.
My mom has mashed up potatoes and carrots for me since I was little, sometimes adding turnip in too.

Nowadays I mix carrot, potatoes, turnip, sweet potato, squash, and sometimes even parsnip all in together! I use a LOT of butter and pepper, and sometimes have a gravy mix with it. It really helps me try new vegetables, to see what mixes in well.
And I can't believe I'm eating all those vegetables!
 
wow the potatos and carrots were delish. I just stumbled across you blog yesterday and made the pork with hoisin sauce aswell. I'm sure more of your recipies will be on my table. Thanks!
as a side note my 8mth old ate more in one meal with these 2 recipes then ever before!
 
Got Potato, Spinach, Peas, Carrots and Broccoli in the pan at the moment for my mash. I mainly do it because I don't have enough pans (still a student) but damn is it tasty.
 
Add some dill! Really tasty!
 

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