Chestnut Mashed Potatoes

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With this creamy Chestnut Mashed Potatoes with nutmeg and thyme, I am officially opening the season of festive food on this blog!


Hello, everyone. Yup, that’s correct Christmas time has arrived here. Some may say it’s a little too early, and I agree – I usually start posting festive recipes around American Thanksgiving. On the other hand, every year, 4 weeks or so aren’t just enough for all ideas, so I want to see how it goes with some extra time. Besides, December is always a hectic time for food bloggers, but I want to have one or two weekends in December just without any blogging, photographing, and even probably cooking (Some store-bought cookies and candies are delicious, too!) involved. I am not extremely optimistic about this, but that’s the plan as per today.

Besides, some of those festive recipes are not exceptionally Christmas but also would be a great addition to the American Thanksgiving celebration. Let’s say these Chestnut Mashed Potatoes. Perfect side dish, in my book!

Mashed Potatoes are a staple of the festive season (Particularly, Thanksgiving) while chestnuts are associated with Christmas. So, I decided to combine both things in one dish. Delicious! I jazzed it up with a hefty pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (Mmm…already so Christmassy, right?) and thyme. Of course, all this butter and milk (Cause we’re looking for a rich dish, right?); however, you can always substitute some water from boiling potatoes for milk to cut down on this richness. Indeed, I always add some of this liquid as it’s super fragrant.

And since the colour might tend to be a little greyish, I decided to spruce it up with some pomegranate seeds and thyme. After all, red and green against (relatively) white? That’s the Christmas spirit, my friends!

Okay, I hope you like this idea, and you’ll give this Chestnut Mashed Potatoes a try during the holiday season.

Cheers and see you soon!

6 thoughts on “Chestnut Mashed Potatoes

  1. David @ Spiced says:

    I totally second the whole idea of having some time off during the holidays! (Indeed, I might have made a couple of Christmas recipes back in October just so I can schedule myself some days off.) But now I’m going to have to hit the kitchen again to make this dish. What a fun idea! I’ve roasted chestnuts before, but I’ve never used them in a mash. I’m totally intrigued by the flavor here…so I guess I’ll either need you to deliver, or I’ll need to make a batch myself. Looks delicious, my friend!
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  2. Neil says:

    Nice idea to mix up creamy mash and chestnuts to make this potato chestnut mash Ben! I must admit I’ve already made our creamy mash for Christmas Day and it’s in the freezer. Ha ha! But I’ll remember this recipe for next year! Also I love your festive food photographs. That bowl is lovely as is that candle. Very Christmassy!
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