Keep your eyes peeled this season for the new mashed dish trend on the rise! Chefs are creating non-traditional mashed sides that are putting a vibrant spin on menus throughout the nation. Mashing alternative fares, such as root vegetables or squash give traditional potatoes a run for their money.
There are some unconventional standouts such as rutabaga, kohlrabi – a German cabbage, or kabocha – an Asian winter squash, that chefs aim to butter up their customers with as a colorful entrée, dessert or side dish. While these root vegetables are definitely creative standouts, there are many other non-traditional mashed options to catch your guests’ eye.
- Golden Cauliflower and Roasted Garlic Mash: Cauliflower appeals to many and is a blank canvas for flavor. Try this recipe – mashed with a delicious touch of cheese and garlic.
- Kaddu Ki Sabzi: Kaddu is the Hindi word for pumpkin. This fall favorite recipe is one that all pumpkin lovers should try!
- Mashed Butternut Squash with Sage & Garlic: Sage, butter, garlic and squash blend together perfectly to create this mashed dish.
- Beet-Parsnip Mash with Almond Parmesan: Surprise your guests with this colorful addition to your plate topped with an almond parmesan mixture.
If your customers can’t deny their desire for classic mashed potatoes, change it up with this richer Manchengo cheese and olive oil recipe perfected by chef José Andrés. If cheese is what they’re craving most from this hearty side, then find inspiration in chef Lee Hefter’s holiday recipe aptly called “The Cheesiest Mashed Potatoes.” With the cheese trifecta of mozzarella, imported Comté or Fontina, and heavy cream, this dish is said to be practically like fondue. You can also bring mashed potatoes into the spotlight for dessert with this innovative Mashed Potato Truffles recipe.
All of these recipes are here to spark your imagination to find the next best savory side dish or unexpected sweet treat. Branch away from the traditional mashed potatoes and discover your favorite mashable seasonal food for your menu!