Buttermilk-Chive Mashed Potatoes aka Always Have a Back-Up Plan

Buttermilk-Chive Mashed Potatoes aka Always Have a Back-Up Plan

Always have a back-up plan.

I was really excited about the recipe that I found for this month's Improv Cooking Challenge.  The theme was potatoes and chives and it was March!  What could be more perfect?  I think it was the recipe that I was going to make....it didn't happen.

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

Ingredients

  • 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
Read the whole recipe on A Spoonful of Thyme