Never made mashed potatoes before. Decided to go big or go home and make ’em into giardiniera mashed potatoes on my very first try.
Boiled half a bag of mediumish-sized russet potatoes and mashed ’em with a giant wooden spork utensil I somehow own. Don’t remember buying it. Maybe my mom gave it to me? No idea. Anyway, mashed up the boiled spuds while adding some milk and half a jar of the giardiniera I got from Roma’s.
See how it mixed in there real nice?? >>>>
Poured the giardiniera juice in there too to really infuse the whole dish with the hot flavor. Served it with grilled chicken and a cold glass of Seagram’s Lemon Seltzer water in a Hawkeyes pint glass to balance out the heat from the potatoes.
After a bite or two I added some salt and pepper. Might be good to keep the jar of giardiniera on the table too in case you run into a bite without any giardiniera in it. Kind of bland around the giardiniera. Maybe adding butter to the original mixture would’ve flavored the potatoes a little further. Or maybe I need to put an entire jar of giardiniera instead of half a jar. But that’s a lot of giardiniera. It’s like 6 bucks a jar from Roma’s and I don’t want to waste it all on mashed potatoes. I might want a giardiniera burger or something this weekend. This whole experience gave me a lot to think about.