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Trufflicious: Low Fat Truffled Mashed Potatoes

truffled mashed potatoes, Idaho potatoes

Welcome to December 12, 2012!

12/12/12 is either lucky or the end of the world as we  know it according to the ancient predictions of Nostradamus and the Mayans.

Considered auspicious by some, doomed by others, and just plain easy to remember by many. The number certainly holds significance in human existence through the millennia, a fact of which there is indisputable evidence:

Apart from there being 12 hours of day and night, and 12 months in the year in the Roman calendar, there 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 Apostles, 12 days of Christmas, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 old testament prophets… you get the idea.

Some say the day symbolizes love, others completeness or fulfillment. You can read more about some ways the day is celebrated, dreaded or otherwise acknowledged at GlobalPost.

To me, it means that there are only 12 more days until Christmas Eve and I better get busy! Is that shallow of me? Sorry ;) There are presents to buy and cards to address – old school, maybe, but I think its important to send close friends and family a real-live greeting card that you can hold in your hands and tape to the wall. But, more importantly, I’m acting as the General Contractor on a bathroom remodel that’s gone two weeks longer than planned (no surprise there) and needs to be done by Sunday so we can clear out of College Girl’s bathroom. Super EXCITED that our girl is coming home from her five-month Study Abroad stint in Japan and all of us in her space is probably not the welcome home she is expecting.

With only 12 more days till Christmas Eve, I’m also celebrating with a recipe for one of America’s favorite comfort foods and a staple on the holiday table: Mashed Potatoes. And, I wanted them to be special mashed potatoes. What are the most extravagant mashed potatoes you can think of? Lobster Mash and Truffle Mashed potatoes immediately come to mind. Totally rich and decadent, but also very pricey mashed potatoes. Maine Lobster tails cost upwards of $35.00 each and truffles are considered the most expensive food in the world. European white truffles sell for as much as $3,600 a pound and I can’t afford that – we need to pay for this bathroom!

So… with the help of Da Rosario White Truffle Oil (1.76 ounces for $14.99, purchased at We Olive) I devised a way to impart that distinctive earthy, umami truffle taste to mashed potatoes without sacking the college fund AND with little guilt about the amount of fat and calories being consumed in the process. These mashed potatoes are a perfect accompaniment for the beef or pork that a lot of folks favor at Christmas, and complements turkey as well. They have that special touch worthy of a holiday dinner, but are low-fat and equally suitable for everyday meals.

truffled mashed potatoes, Idaho potatoes

 

 

Here’s a little about the grower of the oyster mushrooms that I used in this recipe. How cool is the way they are grown?

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms from Kane Family Farms

I was drawn to this mushroom “display” and, even though I was looking for lobster mushrooms, I had to find out more about this grower and purchase some mushrooms right from the source. Kane’s Family Farm is a real find at the SoCo farmers markets (also Whittier, and Temple City), they specialize in 100% naturally grown Haas, Bacon, and Fuerte avocados and Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms and have been featured in an LA Times article on farmers markets and voted best avocados in Orange Coast magazine’s 2012 Best Of Orange Coast issue.  Kane Family Farms is exactly that – run by two teachers, Clifford and Marisa Kane, and their 11-year-old daughter, Sophia. Faced with education budget cutbacks threatening their livelihood, Clifford and Melissa decided to take the plunge and start a new career as avocado growers when they purchased a home surrounded by 70 Hass and Bacon avocado trees on a terraced hillside in La Habra Heights that had been producing avocados since 1939. Farming was not entirely new to Marisa as her family grows mushrooms in Ontario, Canada, and she was eager to return to agriculture.
Disclosure: I was compensated for developing this recipe by Idaho Potato Commission, any opinions expressed are my own. 

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14 Responses to “Trufflicious: Low Fat Truffled Mashed Potatoes”

  1. Natalie @ The Devil Wears Parsley
    December 13 at 7:50 am #

    Ohhh these look and sound SO GOOD!!! I have truffle oil, and I never use it.. *gasp!* Now it looks like I have an excuse. (Like I should need one when it comes to truffle anything!)

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 13 at 8:42 am #

    Mention the word “truffled” and I instantly perk up – these potatoes look incredible!

  3. CED
    December 13 at 9:18 pm #

    Where do we buy the bowl!! It’s gorgeous.

    • Priscilla
      December 13 at 11:21 pm #

      You have great taste! The bowl is by a local artist and I purchased it at The Paint Chip in Newport Beach.

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    December 14 at 6:57 am #

    A lovely mashed potato recipe, Priscilla. And the bowl looks great!!

  5. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    December 14 at 8:25 am #

    Hi Priscilla! I love the last photo of the mushrooms -neat. Wait until 12/21/12 gets here for all the crazy doomsday things to start. Can’t wait, lol. Your potatoes are so elegant and love love the recipe!

  6. Patty
    December 16 at 7:20 pm #

    Yummy truffle infused spuds and I like the low fat angle…although I have to admit to making the full fat version at Thanksgiving this year…I have to change my evil ways and you will be one of my favorite cooks who leads me to the promised land of delicious low fat meals;-). Go NINERS! Aren’t you happy we live in California where, even though its freezing for us tonight, it’s not as freezing as New England!

  7. Liren
    December 16 at 11:35 pm #

    You had me at truffled, and these potatoes look amazing! How wonderful it must be to have your daughter home for the holidays, lucky her to enjoy such good food from home! And I have to say, I found myself nodding as you wrote about Christmas cards. My husband has tried to convince me that cards our out of fashion, but I am sticking to it. I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves receiving good old fashioned cards in the mail!

  8. RavieNomNoms
    December 17 at 1:23 pm #

    Priscilla!! These look FANTASTIC!! WOW, I wouldn’t be able to stop eating those I mean look at them! They are just gorgeous!

    I hope you have been doing well my friend, it has been some time since we last chatted :-)

  9. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
    December 18 at 5:12 pm #

    These potatoes sound way too perfect, in fact I would have to confiscate them to be sure they were legal. of course you’d never get them back ;)

  10. Magic of Spice
    December 23 at 2:14 pm #

    Why was I not invited to try these? :) They look and sound delicious, and I love the shot of those mushrooms!

  11. Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings
    February 19 at 5:38 am #

    Great idea making this mashed potatoes low-fat! I’ve never tried making it with Greek yogurt, but I bet that it’s sooooo good! Plus, I love truffle / truffle oil!

  12. Loren Nason
    February 27 at 9:51 am #

    Yummy

  13. Loren Nason
    February 27 at 10:19 am #

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