Let’s face it, we all have our dinner ruts. Those nights when it seems like you’re making the same things over and over happen to all of us. The nights when everything you’ve ever made seems absolutely unappealing because you’ve made it so many times. For me, making one item on my plate just a little different can usually solve the problem.
These mashed potatoes were thought up after I realized that I had a can of massaman curry sitting in my pantry that I’d intended to make actual curry with, but never had. That can’s been sitting there for months. Massaman curry is a Thai dish that, unlike red curry, is a little more mild and usually contains chunks of potato and beef. The curry paste itself is mild, with only a little hint of heat. It’s made up of a combination of spices and you could make it yourself, but it’s $2 at the grocery store, so I buy it. I took the potato idea and ran with it.
Mashed potatoes are easy. You can pretty much set them up and forget about them as they boil away, giving you plenty of time to cook whatever your main dish is. I took the extra step of sauteing the onions and heating the curry paste to bring the flavors out a little more. These mashed potatoes were so good and a perfect example of how a little something extra can get you out of your rut.
massaman curry mashed potatoes
makes 6-8 servings
3 pounds potatoes
4 tablespoons butter
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 inch chunk fresh ginger
4 ounces massaman curry paste
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut the potatoes into similarly sized chunks and place them in a large pot. Fill the pot with enough hot water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a small saute pan. Add the onion and garling, saute until the onion is softened. Add the curry paste and heat until fragrant. Add the onion mixture to the drained potatoes. Add the remaining ingredients and mash until the potatoes are completely mashed and all the ingredients are well combined. Serve hot.