Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Best Mashed Potatoes

Flying international is not only just about the layovers. There are some other nice perks. One of these is that the company feeds me a business class meal. Actually they get pretty old fast.  There are about 4 menus with 4 choices.  One of the choices is always a vegetarian pasta, which for the most part are extremely bland. There is always a beef dish with some kind of sauce. The beef is of a nice quality however sometimes it gets over cooked before it gets to the plane. Since all these meals are partially precooked.

One of the dishes is a chicken breast topped with caramelized balsamic vinegar onions. On the side are blue cheese mashed potatoes. Of coarse you can't expect a boneless skinless chicken breast to be edible at 35 thousand feet, which it often isn't unless you have the jaws of a Pitt bull. I just scraped the onions onto the potato and discovered a great combination.

When I do this at home I mash the potatoes with butter and sour cream and part of my blue cheese. I like red onions and as I cook them in some oil, I liberally add balsamic vinegar. Towards the end of the cooking process I also add some sugar and let them caramelize. They get so yummy.

Now I place the potatoes on a platter cover them with the onions and top with blue cheese and bacon bits. Sometimes I put some green onions on top too.

This is a real crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. The most amazing "special" mashed potatoes ever!!!! I think they deserve their own name though, mashed potatoes is a generic name for regular ole potatoes.. These however should be called, "The Pilot's Potatoes!" You could eat these al la carte and feel like you have had a three course meal. I'm ready for the next incredible variation on an old dinner table staple. What kind of special asparagus entree can you come up with? I've been craving asparagus a lot lately!