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TIP OF THE DAY: Mashed Potato Martini

Mashed potatoes are more festive in a
martini glass…with custom toppings. Photo


Yesterday we suggested a baked potato bar. Today, we’re adapting the idea to mashed potatoes—specifically, a Mashed Potato Martini.

This could be the best mashed potato recipe: a fun and memorable way to serve guests.

You dish out the mashed potatoes in a Martini glass, and then provide toppings for each diner to customize the dish.

If you don’t have martini glasses, use whatever dishware/glassware you have, or consider plastic rocks glasses from the supermarket.

If you want a special St. Patrick’s Day version, head to the green toppings underneath the main list.

This recipe is courtesy of Erica Moore-Ciganovic, Chef/Owner of Bonne Bouffe Catering in Los Angeles. More wonderful potato recipes are available at


Mashed Potato Toppings

Offer some of these toppings—as many different choices as your time, budget and fun factor allow.

  • Dairy: compound butter, crumbled Gorgonzola, finely shredded cheese, freshly grated Parmesan, horseradish creme, sour cream, whipped Butter
  • Meat: crumbled hickory bacon, grilled tri-tip sliced thin, julienne of rosemary chicken, sautéed turkey sausage with cranberries and sage, spicy duck sausage with cilantro and spices, sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • Seafood: black caviar, garlic sautéed rock shrimp, Norwegian smoked salmon, poached lobster
  • Vegetables: artichoke hearts, basil pesto, caramelized onions, caramelized peppers, chopped scallions, chopped tomato salsa with capers, crisp potato ribbons, grilled zucchini and summer squash, hearts of palm, onion confit, onion crisps, roasted Japanese eggplant slivers, sautéed wild mushrooms, steamed broccoli, sundried tomatoes
  • More: country gravy, diced jalapeños, toasted pumpkin seeds, salt and pepper, herbs (basil, cilantro and parsley are good for starters), roasted garlic
    Green Potato Toppings

  • Creamed spinach
  • Diced green bell peppers
  • Green herbs: shredded basil, snipped chives, dill and/or parsley
  • Minced jalapeños (seeds removed)
  • Pesto
  • Salsa verde
  • Sliced green onions
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