Fresh Ideas: Spicy mashed potatoes

Everyone knows mashed potatoes from their favorite Thanksgiving and childhood dinners (usually as popular as macaroni and cheese among finicky 5-year-olds), but with today’s recipe, mashed potatoes get an upgrade with the addition of spicy horseradish. Creamy Mashed Potatoes With Spicy Horseradish incorporates all of the wonders of good mashed potatoes — butter, cream and plenty of salt and pepper — but possess a new kind of spicy and rich flavor.

When done correctly, the horseradish enhances, but does not dominate this dish, and the flavors are familiar but new. My friend Lydia first introduced me to the idea of infusing a regular batch of mashed potatoes with this peppery ingredient and was the first to show me good-quality horseradish in a jar.

Store-bought, preprepared horseradish can be found in your local grocery story aisles next to your Louisiana cooking ingredients. Look for Zatarain’s Prepared Horseradish for a spicy version I trust and love.

I now keep a jar of horseradish around for starchy vegetables that need an extra kick. When cooking, I serve these mashed potatoes with grilled pork loin chops, roast turkey or rotisserie chicken. It’s a welcome, creamy side that’s just a little bit spicy.

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes recipe

Helana Brigman is a food writer, photographer and cookbook author. Reach her at daily recipes at clearlydeliciousfoodblog.com or via email at hbrigm1@tigers.lsu.edu.