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St. Paddy's Day Potato Mash recipe: Green and gratifying

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The traditional St. Patrick’s Day repast may be known for corned beef and cabbage, but a delicious and hearty potato side dish is a must for most.

Why not mix things up a bit and serve a wonderful mashed potato favorite – sure to please the pickiest leprechaun in your crowd? Whip up this easy recipe for your home table or as a take-along dish for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Because this recipe uses yogurt and skim milk, it may be regarded as a lower-fat alternative to old-fashioned mashed potato recipes. Best of all, it’s even green!

Here’s how to make St. Paddy’s Day Potato Mash.

First, gather your St. Paddy's Day Potato Mash ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds brown, red, or yellow potatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
  • Chopped chives or parsley for garnish - optional

Follow these simple instructions to make St. Paddy's Day Potato Mash:

  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut each potato into quarters.
  • Clean garlic cloves. Remove outer layers before cutting each garlic clove into quarters.
  • Put potatoes and garlic cloves into a large stock pot. Fill with enough water to cover the potatoes. Add the sea salt.
  • Bring the pot to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes pierce easily with a fork.
  • Remove the pot from the stove, and drain well.
  • Add the yogurt and green food coloring. Use a hand-held electric mixer to mash the potatoes well. Add milk, as needed, to achieve the desired thickness.
  • Top with butter or margarine before serving St. Paddy’s Day Potato Mash. Garnish with chopped chives or parsley, if desired.

Note: This recipe is ideal for everyday use, if the green food coloring is omitted.

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