Vanilla Mashed Potatoes – Your classic mashed potatoes recipe made even more delicious with some mascarpone and vanilla paste added. Vanilla paste isn’t just for baking anymore!
I’m sure you’re thinking that I’ve lost my marbles.
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Yeah, I know. The Arizona heat’s gone to her head.
Hot flashes have affected her ability to create edible recipes. Her fantasy league football team is doing so poorly that it’s driven her off the deep end only halfway through the season.
Nope. None of that.
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I can hear you now: “Vanilla in MASHED POTATOES???”
I know. It sounds like some kind of horrible culinary fail.
Vanilla paste is such a handy little ingredient and, like, I mentioned on Facebook Live, it can be used for more than just baking.
Potato Side Dish Recipes
Everyone loves a heaping helping of potatoes on the side of their meal, especially creamy fluffy mashed potatoes that are seasoned to perfection.
Take a look at these delicious potato recipes from my fellow bloggers…
Garlic Ranch Smashed Potatoes from Spend with Pennies
Melt in Your Mouth Potatoes from Let’s Dish Recipes
Mashed Potato Puffs from The Cooking Jar
Sweet Potato Fritters with Sweet & Spicy Sauce from Renee Nicole’s Kitchen
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions from The Chunky Chef
I’ve made plenty of different potato recipes in my life and more than my fair share of mashed potatoes. From Potatoes Au Gratin to Rosemary Potato Fingers, chances are I’ve made a version of it in my kitchen/
This, however, is my first foray into using both vanilla paste and mascarpone to flavor them. I wasn’t ask skeptical about the idea as some but I definitely wasn’t prepared for just how delicious the outcome of this idea would be.
So, here you have it. These mashed potatoes are da BOMB, people and you’ll want to add them to your Thanksgiving table. Give them a test run in the next few weeks before the actual day and report back to me so I can say, “I told you so!
Oh, and a little hint? You might want to make a double batch of these so you can set aside a nice big bowl just for yourself. I know I can’t be the only one who likes to tuck a little something away just for myself to enjoy during an intense holiday cooking weekend!
No, I would never do that. That line is reserved for the hubster. 😉
What is Vanilla Paste?
Most home bakers are familiar with vanilla extract and whole vanilla beans. Vanilla paste is less common but a delicious way to infuse lots of rich vanilla flavor into any recipe.
Roddelle Vanilla Paste utilizes the whole vanilla bean and includes both the powdered bean itself and bourbon vanilla extract. I found that the vanilla flavor is far more complex and deep than plain old vanilla extract.
It’s well worth picking up a bottle for your baking and cooking, especially to try these Vanilla Mashed Potatoes!
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Mashed Potatoes Recipe with Vanilla
This recipe starts just like a classic mashed potato recipe: peeling and cutting potatoes. I used a combination of Russet and Yellow varieties of potato in this dish.
You’re welcome to use your favorite mashing potato!
After boiling the potato chunks until tender, I mashed them with the usual suspects of butter, milk, salt and pepper.
Then, I added the magic ingredients:
First, a pour of mascarpone, that thick cream-cheese-like cheese that adds creaminess and just the slightest hint of tang. Next, 3 teaspoons of Rodelle Vanilla Paste.
Everything is mashed and stirred together until warmed and combined. I also added a sprinkling of chives on top of each helping of these mashed potatoes for color and flavor.
Vanilla Mashed Potatoes are fluffy, creamy, buttery potato heaven made all the more delicious by the fragrant vanilla flavor in each and every spoonful.
Are you still skeptical about putting vanilla into a savory potato recipe? Have a little faith, friends!
I promise I wouldn’t steer you wrong! Give it a try and let me know how you like this potato side dish.
- 4 lbs. potatoes a combination of Russet and Yellow potatoes
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 4 ounces mascarpone
- 3/4 cup milk plus additional added one tablespoon at a time, if needed
- 3 teaspoons Rodelle Vanilla Paste
- 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
- fresh chopped chives for garnish if desired
- Peel and cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces.
- Place into a medium size pot and cover with cold water.
- Place pot onto stove and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander and return to pot.
- Over the warm burner, and with a potato masher, mash the potatoes.
- Add the butter, mascarpone, milk, vanilla paste, salt and pepper and stir to completely combine.
- Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with fresh chopped chives, if desired.
I have no shortage of tasty potato recipes to keep your side dishes fresh and interesting! If you like these Vanilla Mashed Potatoes, then you’ll enjoy…
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