Looking for a fun side dish to serve for St. Patrick’s Day? Then you will want to check out this fun Shamrock Mashed Potatoes recipe!
Every St. Patrick’s Day, I like to make a special meal for my family. I try to make sure that everything I serve is either entirely green or has a bit of green in it. When I first got married and had kids, this was accomplished using liberal amounts of green food coloring. Now that I am more health-conscious, I look to more natural ways to color our foods, while still being able to enjoy our traditional green meal.
As I was wracking my brains to try to figure out how to color mashed potatoes without food coloring, it dawned on me. Pureed raw spinach was the answer. I use raw spinach all the time in my green smoothies and you can’t taste it at all. Why not use it in my favorite make ahead mashed potatoes recipe? So I did. And you know what? You can’t taste the spinach. Definitely a fun way to make mashed potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day. Plus you get a healthy dose of nutrition from the spinach.
Shamrock Mashed Potatoes
- 5 lbs of potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 cups of raw baby spinach
- up to 1/4 cup of water
- 3 oz block of cream cheese
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1/4 cup butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the potatoes until tender; drain well. In the meantime, puree the spinach with a small amount of water until smooth. Depending on your blender, you may need the full 1/4 cup of water, but use as little as possible to achieve a smooth puree. Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the spinach puree, cream cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl and dot with butter.
We have a family of 6. So I am used to cooking huge amounts of food. If you don’t need this amount of mashed potatoes, feel free to cut the recipe in half.
Note: This recipe is higher in fat than those I normally make, but it is so rich and creamy. It is one of those recipes you save for special occasions or when you have company over. You can make it low fat by using non-fat cream cheese and sour cream, but I have found that these ingredients are typically so full of chemicals and fillers that I don’t use them anymore. I prefer to use ingredients that have real food in them! If you eat a healthy well-balanced diet the majority of the time, it is ok to splurge a little every once in awhile. That’s my philosophy anyway.
While I certainly wouldn’t serve shamrock mashed potatoes all year round, my kids think it is fun to eat green foods on St. Patrick’s Day. And hey, it gets them to eat spinach! For more fun ideas, be sure to visit my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest Board. So tell me… What do you do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?