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Walnut Mashed Potatoes

Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Yield 14 1/2 cups
Toasted nuts give fresh appeal to these spuds. Serve them as a perfect pair to a hearty entree. 

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover 30 minutes or until tender; drain well. Return potatoes to pan. Add butter, and mash with a potato masher. Add half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Mash again to desired consistency.

  2. Sauté green onions in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add onions and walnuts to mashed potato, stirring until blended.

  3. Note: Chop walnuts by hand for this recipe instead of using a processor because a processor often creates "dust" that can discolor the potatoes.

Christmas With Southern Living 2006