When it comes to dressing up your farmer’s market fresh fingerling potatoes & your fresh or canned peas this holiday season, you might take a trip through your spice cabinet to see what could give them a kick, maybe something like jerk seasoning, or a bit of dill. If you are not into spice, then if you have access to countertop fryer, you could crisp up your potatoes and peas, and dress them with a little salt and pepper. (You can also serve them with your favorite protein like; pork, chicken, beef, lamb, goat, etc… You can dump the protein into a skillet to brown with some lemon pepper, and serve you potato and pea creation.)
If you are looking for more of a mash, rather than a crisp, then you can boil the potatoes until fork tender, then run them through a food mill, and season to your liking.(You could try a little Arkansas bacon crumbled in it to add a saltiness, if you did not want to add straight salt. Arkansas bacon is a really fast cook, and yummy to boot, it will add another dimension to your side. )
So whether you decide for a simple mash with seasoning, and your peas folded in, or to include some good bacon, and a crispy application, etc.. it will all come out yummy for your guest. Who knows, you might have someone ask for the recipe, so always keep recipe cards handy, for those who would want it.
Here is a recipe you could try:
Loaded Mashed Fingerling Potatoes and Peas-
Wash, Scrub, and Rinse 1-1.5 pound(s) of fingerling potatoes. Don’t forget to cut away the dark spots, and rough chop. Place potatoes in a appropriate size pot and cover the potatoes with water, at least 1 inch over the top. Don’t forget for each qt. of water add 1 tsp of salt to the pot. Cover and boil until fork tender. In regards to the cooking time if you are doing whole or small, baby potatoes, then let them go 10-15 minutes. If you have a medium size potato then 20-25 minutes, and if you have hit the mother load with the potatoes and they are large try 35-45 minutes, when boiling.
Another tip for boiling potatoes is if, you can get a knife in cleanly and out cleanly, that means they are done, and the fresher they are, the quicker they will cook.
If you are wanting them mashed let them cool slighty, and put into your hand cranked food mill, over a bowl, and a few good cranks should do you good, to get them mashed.
While you keep your mashed potatoes warmed, then in another appropriate size pan put your fresh or canned peas and heat or blanche for a few minutes until tender( if you do fresh, or 4 minutes if you do canned),season to your liking. once your time is done, drain in a colander and then fold them into your warm mashed potatoes, and once again season to your liking. To add a different color add some regional bacon, or veggies( like carrot, celery, veggies that will stand up to cooking, and not turn to mush right away.), if you are not a meat person, and serve with your favorite protein, or eat on its own.
During this holiday season, let us remember how lucky we truly are to have the items we have ,and the family we have to love us unconditionally. If you have a chance this holiday season, volunteer at a local charity in your area. The best gift you can give besides material items and money, is to give of yourself and your time.
Happy Holidays to You and Yours !