Mashed potatoes on the other hand are firm, they taste like they are one of the vegetables on the plate not soup! They are in my opinion mountains of white goodness with gravy or even plain of course plain's good I like them plain.
Are you a mashed or a whipped person? We disagree all the time about lots of things like meatballs, you can read about it HERE so don't worry it's all in good fun, let us know!
I have another reason for going on and on about potatoes . Actually today I have this super fantastic recipe for Shepard's Pie. If you're familiar with Shepard's Pie you know one of the primary ingredients is "mashed" potatoes. And if you're ever wondered what to do with your left over spuds this is a it!
We had this very meal last night for dinner and it is yummy!
o 1 tablespoon olive oil
o 1 teaspoon black pepper
o 1 1/4 lb ground beef
o 1 large onions, finely diced
o 3 -4 large carrots, finely diced
o 1/2 cup frozen peas
o 3 -4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
o 2 tablespoons flour
o 2 tablespoon butter
o 3/4 cup red wine
o 2 tablespoons tomato paste
o 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
o 1 cup beef stock
o 1 large quantity mashed potatoes ( 4 cups or more, fresh or leftover)
o 1 eggs, beaten
1. Pre-heat oven to 200C/400°F.
2. Sauté carrots in the olive oil until starting to get tender.
3. Add in the onions and sauté for a minute or two then add the meat.
4. Season with black pepper and thyme.
5. Cook until browned then drain fat. I poured the mixture in a colander.
6. Add the butter to pan, melt then put meat back and peas to the meat mixture.
7. Sprinkle with flour and stir through.
8. Add tomato paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce.
9. Let this reduce slightly then add the beef stock. Allow to reduce down until you have thick meaty gravy. Season to your taste.
10. Remove from heat. Grease an oven proof dish (9x13 or an oval baker) pour in meat mixture.
11. Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes over top then brush with egg.
12. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is nice and browned on top.