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Peperoncini Mashed Potatoes

  There’s nothing better than being able to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. It’s a time to get together, share memories and enjoy some great home cooked meals. One of my favorite parts of the holidays is the time spend around the table. You just can’t beat great food and great conversation with the people you love.
  I want to share with you a great holiday recipe a friend of mine has been making for years. I decided to kick it up a notch adding a unique twist in this classic holiday dish. It’s really going to knock your taste buds into overdrive!  I’m also going to show you how you a chance to enter the 31 Days of Gift Baskets Giveaway sponsored by Mezzetta foods. Keep reading to see how…

Peperoncini Mashed Potatoes               
Recipe: Dave Clements
Serves: 12-16 people
Prep Time: 20 mins.
Cook Time: 20 mins.


     5lbs. Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled and quartered)
     2C. Heavy Cream
     1C. Imported Greek Peperoncini
     1 Stick Unsalted Butter
     1/4C Kosher Salt
     3 Bay Leaves
     Freshly Ground Black Pepper

  1. Place peeled and quartered potatoes in enough cold water to completely cover.  Add 3 Bay leaves and 1/4 cup salt to water; bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, heat 1 stick unsalted butter and heavy cream over low heat.  Finely chop peperoncini and set aside.
  3. Drain potatoes after cooking. Using potato ricer, press potatoes into large  bowl. Add peperoncini and cream mixture; stir and blend well. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or hold warm*
*To hold warm, place potatoes covered in a metal bowl over a lightly simmering  pot. The steam will keep the potatoes warm while not scorching the bottom.

Give these potatoes a try and let me know what you think.
They’re so delicious you’re definitely
going to want to make the full recipe!
I’m sure they’ll soon be a staple at all of your holiday affairs.
And don’t forget to enter each day during
the month of December
for your chance to win a Mezzetta Gift Basket!

Mezzetta is also offering a downloadable $.50 off coupon 
on any Mezzetta products. You can find the coupon here. 
It's available here from December 1st through December 31st.

Mezzetta Favorites Holiday Gift Basket (31 Winners – Daily) includes:
• 100% Italian Estate Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Golden Greek Peperoncini
• Garlic Stuffed Olives
• Castelvetrano Olives
• Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives
• Roasted Marinated Red & Yellow Sweet Bell Peppers
• Cocktail Onions
• 1 Apron (from House Party contents)
• 1 Metal Olive Spoon (from House Party contents)
• 1 Tote Bag (from House Party contents)
• 1 Ceramic Bowl"

Thanks to Mezzetta foods for sponsoring today's discussion.
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