Garlic Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 11, 2010

If you would like to wow your guests with an unusual side dish at your next holiday dinner…

This one is for you!

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There is nothing I love more than taking classic dishes and shaking them up a little.

Before we get to this beautiful dish…two quick things:

1) Daily Pictures are up. [My excitement got the best of me and I posted them at 12:01 am. Is that nerdy or what?]

2) I am organizing and updating my recipes page.

Hallelujah! Can you hear the angels singing? I sure can.

I fell off the recipe-updating wagon for about 2-3 months, but I hope to get caught up by my 53rd birthday with any luck.

Ok, ok my 50th birthday. So demanding.

Tonight, I updated, organized, and alphabetized my Breads, Cakes/cupcakes/pies, Cookies, Muffins, Raw foods/No Bake, and Other categories!

It is incredible how long the list is getting.

It is also incredible that I remember how to alphabetize.

Or spell alphabetize for that matter.

I still have to update my Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, and Appetizer categories though. That will be a massive undertaking. I will need a Green Monster to my right and a glass of wine to my left for that one.

I have also added my Project Food Blog posts at the top of my recipes page. If you are looking for any of the recipes I have made for PFB, that is where they are hiding!

Whew. There is hope for me yet.

Tonight, I whipped up a delicious holiday-inspired side dish that will have heads turning, tongues wagging, and drool dripping.

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Or people might look at your dish and run like hell. I really can’t guarantee anything here.

Garlic Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

Pumpkin mashed potatoes…with SPINACH! Such a crazy, yet lovely flavour combination. I fell in love with these potatoes as did Eric. The flavours of the pumpkin, garlic, sea salt, and spinach really go lovely with the potatoes.

Adapted from Cake, Batter, Bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 7 red potatoes, scrubbed & chopped (or Yukon Gold variety)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1.5 cups pumpkin puree, to taste
  • Two handfuls spinach, stems removed & chopped
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance or butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt, or more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Paprika, for garnish

Directions: Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and boil potatoes for 18 to 22 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and place in a very large bowl. Meanwhile, heat olive oil over low heat in a skillet and sauté garlic for about 1 minute. be careful not to burn it like I did! Drain and mash potato chunks in the large bowl with a fork. Mix in pumpkin puree, spinach, almond milk, Earth Balance/butter, black pepper, and salt. Makes 5-7 servings.

*Best served immediately- the potatoes tend to get a bit watery (from the pumpkin) if they are put in the fridge.

Recipe note: This is the last pumpkin recipe I am making for a while!!!

Gather the troops!

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Cook, drain, and admire the beauty of zee taters.

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Also, admire the beauty of your tired hand-me-down pots and pot holders.

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New things are over rated.

Now magic happens….

A beautiful unison of two things I never thought I would see together: Pumpkin and Potatoes.

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Isn’t that just lovely?

Add in your salt, pepper, spinach, almond milk, and [hopefully not burned] garlic and give that arm a workout.

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Sprinkle with Paprika if you dare.

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It adds a little flare.

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Uh oh, the poet in me is coming out.

I best get myself to bed.

Speaking of sleep, I have been having the craziest dreams lately….and many nightmares about random things! Many of them involve people chasing me or trying to hurt me. I even had a few dreams about Project Food Blog this past week. One of them was that I went to submit my video this coming Sunday and Foodbuzz told me that I handed it in a week late and was disqualified. I tried to show them that my video was uploaded on November 7th, but they didn’t care. Then my head was chopped off.

Ok, that last part didn’t happen, but it could have!

I can go for weeks without remembering any significant dreams and then all of a sudden I have a slew of strange dreams and nightmares all at once and random people popping up from my past. Sometimes I ‘see’ people in my dreams and I think to myself, ‘Where the hell did you come from!?’

Do you remember your dreams much or give much thought to them? Do you think that they mean anything or are they just a product of random thoughts swirling through your mind?

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Fanta November 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I just love potatoes and this is so creative!! What an inventive way of spicing up a classic dish, I cannot wait to make it!!

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Kerstin November 12, 2010 at 11:04 pm

So glad you enjoyed these – you’ve reminded me I need to make them again! Love your idea for the paprika garnish too! I’m also having fun browsing your site – I also recently got into running and tris :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Thank you for the fantastic recipe! Such a fun twist on mashed potatoes :)

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alexandra November 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’m obsessed with this recipe! My uni friends and I have decided to cook instead of eating out or in college more often, and this was our first dish – it’s so amazing I want to make it again right away :) We couldn’t find pumpkin anywhere so we substituted squash. Still delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

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Betty Bauer November 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

This recipe sounds fantastic and I plan to make it soon. Also the pictures make it even more appealing.

Thanks.

Betty

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Honey B. Nutrition November 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

Wow! I am so going to make this!

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Jessica November 18, 2010 at 10:01 am

Oh my gosh, these were insanely delicious! I ate a huge bowl and then ate more cold later! I will make these again soon. So easy too!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2010 at 10:40 am

glad to hear it!

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Letha Boust November 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and used potatoes my husband grew in our garden. I used a whole can of pumpkin and followed the recipe and it was delicious. Everyone liked them and I will def make these again.

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