Storage space is a touchy subject in our kitchen. While a cluttered countertop doesn’t bother me on most days, sometimes I wish I had enough storage space in the cupboards to stash the kitchen gadgets that are scattered around. Even if I could, there are two larger pieces of equipment I definitely can’t fit in the cabinet. One is the toaster oven, a key appliance when cooking for two. I use it almost every day and it wouldn’t be practical to stash it away. The other is the stand mixer. Every time I see it, it begs to be used. I usually take it out for a spin once or twice a month, but know I should be taking advantage of it for more ‘everyday’ cooking. My favorite of those cooking tasks is whipping potatoes. Nothing against the humble potato masher, but if in a minute or two I can have perfectly smooth potatoes ready for dinner…
For some, is sacrilegious to separate mashed potatoes from their BFF, butter. I had the day off yesterday for Colombus day and spent a few minutes going over all the condiment jars sitting in the fridge. I had some pesto that needed to be used, so I thought of using it to flavor the potatoes I was planning to make. With homemade pesto, these would be even better. This texture in this pesto from Karma Free Cooking resembles the store-bought one I used.
If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can definitely use either a hand mixer or an immersion blender to prepare the whipped potatoes with olive oil and pesto!