These Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Olives are different, but in such a great way! If you like olives, this dish is for you. They have no dairy but are just as creamy and luscious as their counterparts that are jammed with butter and milk. Just like anything else, the quality of ingredients is paramount, and for these, the olive oil must be one that is high quality. Choose an olive oil that you love to drizzle or use for dipping. Flavored olive oils are great here as well!
Olive Oil vs Cream and Butter in Mashed Potatoes
Most recipes you will find for mashed potatoes will have loads of butter and cream to make them super smooth and creamy. Although we often love a good creamy mashed potato, like our Parmesan Peppercorn Mashed Potatoes, sometimes we want something a bit lighter and easier on the gut. Using olive oil is the answer here!
The result of using olive oil in mashed potatoes should be a silky mash. Adding the chopped olives will give you small chunks of flavor-bomb olives that will have you turning to this (and creative variations) often. Don’t get me wrong, I love butter, but I also love good olive oil, and these will make you a happy tater-lover.
How to Get a Smooth Mash
In order to get a smooth mash with any type of mashed potatoes, we use a potato ricer or a tamis. These work nicely to easily mash the potatoes. We realize those aren’t always the most common of tools in the house. You can mash the potatoes with a masher or fork, or whip them if you don’t have a ricer or tamis. The goal is to try to completely remove any lumps. You can even cook these potatoes a bit further than you typically would to achieve this soft consistency.
Boiling Potatoes without Skin is Necessary in this Recipe
One final note on these mashed potatoes (that sort of goes with cooking them a bit over) is that they are the only mashed potato I would ever recommend that you peel and cook in water. Most other types and my first choice is to bake and pass through a tamis. Some others I would slowly poach the potato with skin on, then peel and sometimes even dry out in an oven if needed. But for these, the water retention, that in most mashed potato recipes is a bad thing, works well since the fat level is quite low. Without the extra water, they can be dry and have an undesirable texture.
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