Just recently my son asked for mashed potatoes.  Ok, but hey why not help me, it's gonna delay dinner a bit cuz you just told me.  What?  Why he asked?  Well, We have to peel the potatoes then boil the water and cook them until they are soft and then mash them up.  He looked at me the way most 14 year olds would. In case you don't know, he had checked out when I was about three words in.  Can't you make them faster? I started to say no and then thought, why can't I make them faster?  Thus, the process of "boiling" them in the microwave was born.  Since it is just the two of us, we don't have to make a lot but you could boil them in a larger microwave bowl.  Do I think it saves time?  Hmm, I think so.  Doing a smaller batch takes a seven minute microwave and doing a larger batch is 9-11 minutes.  You save maybe 15 minutes.  Here is why I like it so much.  Being all electric household (we have no gas), not having the stove on for 30 minutes to boil the potatoes is a win in my books.  Also, I was able to mash them in the same bowl that I boiled them in and was able to then put the entire thing on the table.  Again, a win win in my book.  I've made these now with a variety of different potatoes.  My favorite are Yukon Golds but my sons are the Russets. You try them and let me know what your favorites are.
Serves: 2-3

Recipe:

1 large or 2 medium Potatoes (Russets, Yukon Gold, Red)
1/4 tsp Butter
1/4 Milk
1 TBSP Sour Cream
Water
Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional:  Garlic (salt or crushed), cheddar cheese, sundried tomatoes 

Peel potatoes and dice, make the pieces about dime to nickel size
Add to a microwaveable bowl and cover with water
Cook on high 7 minutes, check for doneness (a fork should easily pierce the potato)
If not done, cook in 1 minute increments
Carefully remove from microwave
Drain water 
Place potatoes back into the same bowl as it should still be warm
Mash some of the potatoes and add the butter, milk* and sourcream.
Continue to smash, if I want creamy smooth mashed potatoes, I use a ricer.
You can add more of the butter, milk or sour cream (depending on your taste if they are too dry)


*To keep the potatoes hot, I usually warm up my milk before adding.  I drop the butter into the milk and place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
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Dice the pieces fairly small to cook faster.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also made a video for this recipe below and I have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
Tammie
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Nutritional information obtained using CalorieCount.com.
 
 
Here's the thing, it's hotter than hades at my house and I refuse, absolutely refuse to turn on the air conditioner.  Yes, I'm cheap.  My electric bill without my air condition is twice as high as last year.  I've asked for the power company to come out and figure this out or explain it to me.  So far, have not seen hide nor hare of them.  In order not to heat my house up to maximum temperature, all cooking is currently being done on the BBQ or in the early, early mornings.  Really it's going into the second week of October and it was 94 degrees F today. I'm mean, come on, enough is enough.  I want to start wearing pants, long sleeve shirts and shoes. Really I just want to start wearing clothes again.  For the last couple of months the only thing on my bed is a bottom sheet and me.  
The thing I miss the most though is baking.  I have not had the chance to bake and there are so many things that I want to try out.  I have a no yeast gluten free bread recipe that I think might work, and apple cider donuts (gluten free) and cinnamon rolls and and and........this heat needs to stop.
Cooking however must go on even if only on the bbq.  This recipe can be made on the bbq using a bbq mat (which is what I've done) or on the stove top.  I do it both ways.
You can also make this vegetarian by omitting the bacon.  Make this heartier by adding broccoli or asparagus.  Hope you enjoy.
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Like a dodo, I forgot to take pictures when I made today's potato dish but I want to show the mat. When I cook it on the bbq, I cook the bacon at the same time. The above recipe is the same but I used orange bellpepper and maple smoked thick sliced bacon.
Serves 4-6

Recipe:

1 sm bag Mini Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 Bell Pepper either red or orange
1/4-1/2 cup Red Onion (depending on your taste)
5 Baby Bell Mushrooms, sliced again you can use more
1/2 an Apple
1 tsp minced Garlic
2 TBSP Butter
4 Slices Thick Pepper Bacon
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cooking On the Stove Top:

Cook bacon until crisp, remove to a side plate
Remove all but 1 TBSP approx. of bacon grease
Chunk up the potatoes and add along with 1 TBSP butter to fry pan
Add garlic
Cook on Medium low until browned but not done
Add onions and cook
Add Bell Pepper
Add the last TBSP Butter
I cook the Apple in a separate pan, heat 1 tsp of the bacon fat in medium high, add the apple when got and quickly brown.  Done.
Cook your potatoes on the medium low so that the brown but cook all the way through.  You know they are are done when they can easily be pierced by a fork.
Salt and Pepper to taste

On the BBQ Mat:

Chunk up your potato, onion and bell pepper and add the garlic
Heat the BBQ on low (Approx 250-300 degrees F or 120-150 C)
Lay out the mat
Add a table spoon of soft butter to the potato mixture and place in the middle of the mat (as seen above)
Lay the bacon slices on either side
Some of the grease will go towards the potatoes and some will drip off
Add the mushrooms when the potato mixture is almost done (mushrooms cook fast)
Using a slotted spoon remove to a bowl
Add the apple onto the mat and cook quickly
Remove with a slotted spoon and add to bowl
Salt and pepper to taste

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Baby Bell mushrooms, I like the nutty flavor of these better then standard mushrooms.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

Thank you for stopping by and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have,
Tammie
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Nutritional Information obtained using CalorieCount.com and based on 4 serving.