White Chocolate Lavender Mashed Potatoes
Just the slightest sweetness from the white chocolate and the earthy floral from the lavender pump up the flavor of these mashed potatoes. A perfect side for any game, lamb, veal or a pan of roasted vegetables. For an extra layer of flavor try a drizzle of balsamic reduction over the top.
White Chocolate and Lavender Mashed Potatoes
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped white chocolate
2 teaspoons crushed dried lavender buds
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large saucepan, add potatoes and cover with cold water. Salt water with 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork (approximately 15 to 20 minutes). In a small saucepan, add heavy cream, butter and white chocolate. Heat just until butter is melted. Drain water from potatoes and return to saucepan. Add the cream mixture and, using a potato masher, mash potato mixture until your desired consistency (add more butter or milk here if you like a creamier mashed potatoes). Stir in crushed lavender. Salt and pepper to taste.
Libbie’s Food Styling Props: Shot on a small piece of slate over wooden planks. Cloth under bowl is an old purple cashmere sweater I cut up. Spoon courtesy of Juliska. Purple bowl from Homegoods.