No Small Potatoes

The old expression originated from farmers who tossed the little ones aside as not good enough to please discriminating potato shoppers. Times sure have changed. Fingerlings, baby reds, gold and purples are all the rage. Have you priced small potatoes lately?

As a little girl I wanted to be Heidi -- you know, THE Heidi. Living in the mountains with her grandfather and eating porridge every day. What in the world does a childhood fantasy have to do with potatoes, you ask? Well, porridge was actually oatmeal and I wasn't too keen on having oatmeal for supper, so I convinced my mother that Heidi (AKA me) much preferred mashed potatoes. I ate nothing but mashed potatoes with peas every night for weeks. And I still love creamy whipped potatoes.

Someday I'll tell you about being six years old with dreams of becoming a flamenco dancer. Suffice it to say, the Heidi phase was far less challenging for my poor mother, who was totally determined not to snuff the creativity from a lively little girl with a big imagination. LOL

2 pounds medium size red bliss potatoes, peels left on and cut in half
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup mild goat cheese
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Put potato halves in a large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender; drain. Return potatoes to saucepan; add milk and sour cream. Beat with hand mixer on medium high until fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to medium low and stir in the cheese. Top with butter and season lightly with salt and pepper. Serves six.


  1. I think these might just make me want to dance the flamenco, too........ or eat mashed potatoes every night like you and Heidi.

  2. coincidentally, i jus bought some red potatoes today. what a great idea to put a mixture of goat's cheese in for the dairy. reallly looks good. there has been some discussion on cauliflower (in mexico, it grows the size of a basketball) on another blog i follow. i think this dairy mixture would also be good in pureed cauliflower.

  3. did the flaminco dancer phase include fresh fish paella, including saffron rice ??? it is interesting that as a kid you were tuned into the food side of things and then grew up to have the ability to tune into and fine tune ingredients. simple and sophisticated all at the same time.

  4. @Marie -- great idea! cauliflower would likely do quite well instead of potatoes but I think an adjustment to measure by adding half the ingredients since cauliflower is a moister veggie than potatoes.


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