When someone talks of their ideal comfort food, many minds may think of mashed potatoes. It’s no wonder why- mashed potatoes are fluffy, hot, buttery and just so, well, heartwarming. We’re taking our fondness for this classic side dish and giving it an elegant and somewhat more nutritional twist by combining carrots and potatoes with fresh thyme infused milk. Our MASHED POTATOES AND CARROTS WITH THYME are just as smooth as traditional mashed potatoes with the added benefits of carrots, like beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. The carrots also give this dish a subtle sweetness that is complimented very nicely by the fresh thyme and, since this is our recipe, garlic also makes a flavor profile appearance. These unconventional taters can be made vegetarian or vegan, depending on your dietary needs. So, let’s hop to it!
MASHED POTATOES AND CARROTS WITH THYME:
- 4-5 large russet potatoes OR 6-7 yukon gold potatoes
- 3 large carrots
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 cups milk of choice (we used oat milk)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves + more for garnish
- 2 Tablespoon (vegan) butter
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Start preparing your carrots and potatoes. Wash them with cool water and then cut them into somewhat uniform sized pieces. You want them to be about the same size cut so they cook evenly.
- In a medium to large saucepan, add the cut carrots, potatoes, and a whole garlic clove.
- Fill the pan with cool water, enough to cover the veggies.
- Cook on medium-high heat until the carrots and potatoes are very tender.
- In another saucepan, add in milk and 1 Tablespoon butter. Heat until hot but do not boil. Add in the tablespoon of fresh thyme.
- When the veggies are cooked to very tender, drain the water from the pan and begin to mash the veggies with a potato masher just enough to break down the carrots and potatoes.
- Add in 1 teaspoon garlic powder and some salt and pepper. Mash the veggies a bit more to incorporate the garlic powder.
- Pour in the heated milk and continue to mash and stir with the potato masher until you’ve reached your desired smooth consistency.
- When mashed stir in 1 Tablespoon onion powder, garlic powder, and butter.
- Garnish with more fresh thyme leaves before serving.