Three Ways to Reinvent Your Mashed Potatoes Recipe for the Best Wine Pairing
Easy additional ingredients make this quintessential side dish sing with a wine pairing
What can you add to mashed potatoes to spruce up your recipe and make your spuds more wine friendly? Reinvent your best mashed potatoes recipe with one of my three renditions. With the addition of only a few ingredients, each side dish is unexpected, easy and sure to impress your guests. These additional ingredients were selected specifically to create the best wine pairing for mashed potatoes. We’ve tested these out with multiple vintages of Jordan Chardonnay and Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine suggestions are included with each recipe. Try your favorite wine pairing and leave us a comment. View my blog about adding simple ingredients to other Thanksgiving classics to make them more wine friendly.
Wine Friendly Mashed Potatoes Recipe Ideas
Meyer Lemon and Hazelnut Mashed Potatoes
Adding crunchy hazelnuts brings a lovely contrast to the creamy texture of your favorite mashed potato recipe. If you’re a white wine lover, the bright citrus flavors from the Meyer Lemon zest complement the crisp fruit in Jordan Chardonnay, while the toasted nuts and hazelnut oil highlight the wine’s subtle oak nuances.
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Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes
These fancy spuds should not be confused with your grandmother’s sweet potatoes. Orange-hued mashed potatoes bring a gorgeous pop of color to the table. The thick, creaminess of the squash complements the medium body of an oak-aged chardonnay such as Jordan. The pumpkin seeds offer a nice textural contrast.
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Mashed Potatoes with Mushrooms, Shallots and Herbs
Mushrooms, shallots and herbs are three simple ingredients you can add to mashed potatoes if you love cabernet sauvignon. The earthy notes of the sauteed wild mushrooms and freshly picked tarragon, coupled with the caramelized notes of the shallots, allow these mashed potatoes to stand up to an elegant cabernet sauvignon, such as Jordan or a Bordeaux. The grilled shallots complement the toasted oak notes from the wine’s barrel aging, while mushrooms highlight the subtle earthy nuances in these balanced styles of cabernet.