The much anticipated spring will officially start later on this month and I couldn’t be more excited. Today the sun was out bright and strong, the temperature was more manageable, as in I managed to wear a dress and not freeze… and as far as I can tell everyone else is just as excited as I am for flip flop season! But before we finally welcome this warming season there is something else so cool we must celebrate…
St. Patrick’s Day!
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. It began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland and became an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.
I couldn’t pass on a chance to celebrate with some of the people I love the most by cooking something Irish with a “twist”. Spicy Mashed Potatoes!
The potatoes have been around since the 16th century and it heavily influenced Ireland’s cuisine and, as a result, is often closely associated with Ireland.
I wanted to make delicious buttery mashed potatoes but add a little bit of my own spiciness. I could totally rename this dish to “The Brazilian-Irish Mash” right?
Whatever we call it, let’s be clear about one thing… it is amazing! it’s buttery, with bits of parmigiano-reggiano cheese, scallions, cilantro AND jalapeño.
I shaved the parmigiano-reggiano cheese into large bits and added it only just before serving, that way some of the cheese would melt and some would not, adding more taste to this dish. This is a very rich cheese so I needed to watch closely how much cheese to use. 1/3 cup of cheese was just right! I normally use shredded parmesan cheese on this dish which is a fine option but I have to say the parmigiano-reggiano cheese made this dish more flavorful.
The green scallions, cilantro and large jalapeño was cut into very small pieces. I used 1/2 cup of all three greens combined.
I used a large Jalapeño for extra spiciness which I love but of course you can add more or less according to your taste buds and tolerance to spicy foods. Keep in mind that hot peppers are great for your Metabolism which plays a key role in helping you lose weight and keep your body in tip-top shape. One thing for sure is this dish will dress your St. Patrick’s Day party table really well and everyone will enjoy it.
Below is the list of ingredients and easy instructions to follow. The potatoes are cooked peeled, washed and cut into halves. I like to use organic ingredients but that’s optional. Make enough spicy mashed potatoes for left over and meal planning during the week, as it can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
Enjoy the celebrations, good food in great company and please don’t forget to share this recipe on your favorite social media network (below)