Thanksgiving is almost around the corner and this weekend I am sitting down to jot down the menu. The only thing I know for certain is that these delicious Caramelized Onions Mashed Potatoes Recipe is the first thing I’ll be cooking! They are amazing and the best alternative to regular boring potatoes.
The inspiration for this recipe is based on a Jewish dish I grew up with, called Vareniques (I have no idea of the name in English) which is a potato filled “ravioli” with caramelized onions on top. It’s usually served at breakfast events. I eliminated the pasta part and married the onions and potatoes. The result is melt in your mouth delicious flavor.
Needless to say, making them is very easy and you can prepare them in advance. A great attribute for Thanksgiving dinner. Next time I am thinking of making the same dish and later brushing the tops with butter and then bake them for 15 minutes.I’ll post the results soon.
The most important step to making this Mashed Potatoes Recipe is to not let the onions burns while sautéing. Burnt onions taste bitter and not very good. Cook them on medium low heat while the potatoes are boiling. You will taste the difference when caramelizing onions. They are sweet and full of flavor.
The rest is easy! no fancy technique needed. The caramelized onions just make a HUGE difference. It’s funny how one little thing can change a whole recipe and make it better. That’s the beauty of cooking and that’s the secret between eating restaurant food and homemade one. One tweak of the technique, one ingredient and it becomes a totally different dish.
This mashed potatoes recipe can be doubled, tripled and even halved depending on how many people you are serving. I would make extra because leftovers sometimes taste even better!
Consider adding this delicious Mashed Potatoes recipe to your menu and let me know how it comes out.
- 4 lbs Big Baking Potatoes cut into chunks, about 2
- 1 Cup of Haf and Half
- 2 Tablespoons of Sour Cream
- 1 Medium Onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Fill a big pot of water and bring it to a boil with salt. Add the potatoes and let them cook until softened (10-15 minutes)
Meanwhile, heat a skillet on Medium Low heat and add the oil.
When the oil is hot add the onions and cook until brown and caramelized (5-7 minutes).
Remove the onions from heat and place in a bowl (to stop the cooking)
When potatoes are fork tender. Drain the water from the pot and place on medium heat. Let the potatoes dry out in the pot for 1 minute
Add the half and half and the sour cream. Mash with a potato masher or ricer until you achieve your desired texture
Correct the salt and pepper
Remove from heat and add the onion. Mix until combined