Tag: potatoes

Rustic Potato Leek Soup

The thermometer is dropping, kids. Time to break out the scarves or maybe even some gloves. There’s an autumn snap in the air and here in Vancouver, the mountains got dusted with snow for the first time this weekend. Eeeee! I love fall.

photo credit: Andrew Smith 2012


Mashed Red Skin Potatoes with Goat Cheese & Spring Onions

I’ll keep this brief, since the name really says it all.

We don’t often have mashed potatoes, but when we do, they tend to have great things added to them. Sometimes it’s fresh or roasted garlic, other times it’s sauteed onions or lots of chopped herbs. This quickie recipe will help sustain you through the end of the week, and hopefully inspire you to have a delicious potato side dish of your own. Try this combination, it’s a winner.

Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese & Spring Onions

2 pounds (about 8 small-medium) red skinned potatoes

1 tablespoon of butter

1/2 a cup of chevre (soft goat cheese – use quark, ricotta or cream cheese if you don’t have chevre on hand. Plain yogurt will do in a pinch, but be mindful of how much liquid it adds.)

1/2 a cup of finely chopped spring onions (scallions)

salt and pepper to taste

Cut the potatoes into eighths and boil in salted water for 10 minutes or until they are very tender. While they cook, cut up the spring onions and set aside. Drain the potatoes in a colander and immediately put the hot, empty pot back on the stove. Add butter and chevre, which will begin to melt almost immediately. Add the hot, drained potatoes back to the pot. Remove from the heat and mash until coarsely mashed (not whipped), Stir in the chopped scallions. Taste for seasoning. Depending on how salty your chevre is, you may or may not want to add salt. Add pepper to taste. Serve up hot along with almost anything.* Enjoy!

* We had these with steamed green peas and salmon. No complaints.