Holiday Foods and Green Potatoes

This is the one day of the year to turn your potatoes green!

I love to entertain and celebrate. It doesn’t matter the reason, and I especially like to incorporate food into my holiday traditions. Whether that is heart shaped pancakes on Valentine’s Day or awesome cookies at Christmas, food always goes with the holidays.

So in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to whip up some fantastic St. Patty’s Day dishes just for you!

I love the tradition of having green mashed potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day, however, I’m not a huge fan of just adding green food coloring to otherwise plain mashed potatoes! We are going to spice those potatoes up with some great fresh herbs and in the process, turn them green! Yummy!

Green Mashed Potatoes

St. Patty’s Day Green and Gold Mashed Potatoes

5-6 large Klondike Goldust® potatoes

1 bunch fresh parsley

1 bunch fresh basil

¼ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. milk

Salt and Pepper

Chop the potatoes into ½ inch chunks. Boil on medium for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain.

While potatoes are cooking, add fresh herbs to a small food processor. Add sour cream or yogurt. Pulse until smooth and green.

Add butter and milk to potatoes, mash until smooth. Add herb mixture and combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve while hot.

Irish Potato Candy

My second St. Patrick’s Day dish is a special treat! Everyone knows that the Irish love their potatoes (almost as much as we do here at Klondike Brands). Did you know that there is a candy made just for them?  I love Irish Potato Candy. However, it is traditional made with divinity, and just made to look like potatoes. I decided to make my own Irish Potato Candy recipe, actually using potatoes, and then shape them to look like potatoes too! Perfection!

Klondike Irish Potato Candy

1 cups plain mashed Klondike Rose® potatoes, cold

1 tsp. butter, softened

1 Tbsp. peppermint extract

2- 1/2  lbs. powdered sugar

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup chopped nuts

Mix potatoes, butter, and extract together until blended. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth. It should be thick enough to hold its shape. Stir in cocoa powder and 3/4 cup of nuts (reserving the remaining nuts for decoration) Place potato mixture in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour. Shape by the spoonful into oblong, potato shaped mounds. Roll in additional cocoa powder and push nuts into outside to represent the eyes of the potato. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Now you will have all kinds of goodies to share with your family this upcoming St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you have any fun food traditions for St. Patrick’s Day?