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“Cheesy” Broccoli Mashers

Potatoes are my ultimate comfort food.  I love them baked, fried, mashed, boiled, stuffed, scalloped,… I don’t think I’ve encountered a potato I didn’t like.  Aside from being comforting and yummy, potatoes are nutritious–containing almost half your daily requirement for vitamin C in a single potato!   This post is really more of a technique rather than a recipe–think of what you’d stuff a baked potato with–and mashers can be your go-to side dish in no time.


Just a few ingredients, a couple of pans and you’re on the way:


  • 4 medium red or yellow potatoes–“boiling” potatoes work best for mashers–washed and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 bunch of broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 packet of vegan cheese sauce, (purchased at a natural foods grocery) prepared according to the package, thinned with 1/2 cup soy milk
  • extra soy milk to adjust the texture of the mashers

Cut your veggies into pieces of a similar size, cover with water and boil until potatoes are fork tender.  I don’t peel the potatoes to keep as much of the nutrition intact as possible.

chop and boil

Prepare the cheese sauce and thin it a bit with non-dairy milk.  Set aside.

prepare cheese sauce

Drain the veggies and place back into the hot pan to cook off any left-over water.  Add the cheese sauce.

drain and add sauce

Mash everything together, adding a bit more non-dairy milk to adjust the texture to your preferences.  I like to leave my mashers a bit chunky.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Serve as a side dish!  Mashers are a yummy and nutritious alternative to chips or fries with (veggie!) burgers.


What will you put in your mashers?



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Parsley Pesto Mashers

It’s raining!  A welcome relief after the last few “blast furnace” days.  Here I am, computer on my lap, listening to thunder and enjoying the fresh rain smell.  I had the day off from the greenhouse and ran around doing things I haven’t been able to get to lately…on the list of things to do today:  blog the mashers I promised 2 weeks ago!  Wow–thanks for being patient! 

Parsley and garlic are naturals with potatoes, and the pesto made this side dish super easy.  Have a look at what you need for Parsley Pesto Mashers:

  • 3-4 potatoes, scrubbed, cubed, boiled until fork-tender
  • 1/2 cup parsley pesto (Find the recipe at the end of this post.)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp hard cheese, such as pecorino romano (Or more if you like!)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup half and half  (Feel free to use skim if you want to cut a few calories or heavy cream if you’re feeling decadent!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cube potatoes so they’ll cook quickly and evenly.  Peel if you want; I like the earthy flavor of the peel, so I leave them on. Place in a pot, add water to cover and cook until fork-tender.

Drain potatoes and add back to the hot pan to dry them–the hot pan will cook off excess water that can make your mashers soggy–bleh.

Add half and half and mash with a hand masher.  If potatoes seem too dry, add a bit more half and half….or butter! That would be extra yummy!

Add cheese and pesto, mash together until evenly mixed and desired smoothness or lumpiness is achieved.  Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Serve ’em up along side the entree of your choice.  I was a bit worried they’d end up too, too green….but they were just fine!

Next time you’re invited somewhere and asked to bring a side, or if company’s coming and you want to impress, or if you just want a nice, flavor-y, comfort-y somethin’ with your dinner, these mashers are the way to go!

I had leftovers….so the next day, I snuck some out of the fridge, made little patties and fried them in a skillet with a bit of butter.  Yummy!  I got caught, though and had to share–the garlic smell lured Mr16 from his lair!  Next time, I’ll add an egg to help them hold together better.  Maybe I’ll make fritters from the mashers to begin with!

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