Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Comfort Food

This innocent looking plate of mush is actually the Chick Pea and Potato Mash from Apples for Jam. Basically, you saute a can of chick peas in olive oil, garlic, and sage. Once they're soft, puree them with a bit of butter and milk and then fold that mixture into whatever mashed potatoes you have laying about. I used instant, which I know is totally lame, but the boy eats constantly and if I didn't have things like that on hand, I'd never leave the kitchen.

I have to admit that as I was making this I thought "They aren't going to go for this. It's going to seem too healthy and weird and they're going to make fun of me the way they always do." But they loved it! The boy shoveled it in wordlessly-a good sign-and Jay ate a heaping helping, saying that the beans didn't take away at all from the way he associates mashed potatoes with good, simple, comfort food. Initially the girl was a bit turned off by the color but after some prodding she cleaned her plate too. As for me, I really couldn't even taste the actual chick peas, it just tasted like seasoned mashed potatoes. I liked it so much that I made some more the next day.

I almost always have chick peas on hand so I'll definitely be making this again. It's an easy way to sneak some fiber into my otherwise white bread family.

17 comments:

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

This sounds like a great variation of mashed potatoes. I love the taste of hummus -- I bet it tastes a bit like that. And I have a huge bowl full of potatoes from our CSA. Apparently, it was a good year for potatoes.

Everyone is blogging about this Apples for Jam book. I guess I should make the investment.

Tammie said...

its a great cookbook. one of the few that i use regularly.

mandy said...

Jodi, Yes you should take the plunge. You will love that book! I finally bought it for myself for my birthday after I had had it checked out from the library continually for about a year. Now I can write notes in my own copy.

Tammie, I can't believe there is a recipe in Apples for Jam with chickpeas in it that I haven't made yet. I think my man and kids will totally dig this. And I love that we could have this with a big salad and call it good. Definitely making this soon.
I puree chickpeas and add it into things often; surprisingly good in things you wouldn't expect like spaghetti sauce.
Thanks for the dinner inspiration!

daphne said...

Wow, I bet we would love this. We usually like anything with chickpeas.

Tammie said...

daphne: i do think you ladies would like this.

mandy: i know!! i actually sort of just stumbled upon this as i was looking for something else and i was amazed at ow easy and good it sounded. i wish i had seen it sooner.

Jessie @ Luna Pacifica said...

I hate chickpeas, but this looks freaking yummy!

Tammie said...

jessie: monty claims to hate chick peas also, but ate this.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

i just wrote this comment and my computer froze. Aargh!
I love chick peas! This looks great to me. I eat a lot of chick peas being gluten free. I made the mistake of having a cake made with chick pea flour. (and fava bean flour) Not a good idea if you plan to be around people. Oooh boy that causes flatulence big time.

Theresa said...

I love chickpeas especially in humus, so I bet I would love these!

Dani said...

I finally broke down and just bought that cookbook. Lordy, it's gorgeous. Total food porn.

This sounds awesome. Maybe a good item to add to the Thanksgiving menu? If not then, maybe Christmas?

Tammie said...

dani: i was thinking that too. we usually have mashed potatoes anyway, so why not. although, homemade and fresh, not instant. :)

Maria Rose said...

I've added some califlower before to my mashed potatoes, but never beans...I will try it. Sounds great!

Maria Rose said...

I mean cauliflower.

Not Hannah said...

So...I guess I'll be buying this! I love cookbooks that are good reads, too. (Also, now I want mashed potatoes...)

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I love chick peas so it sounds delicious to me.

The WoodLand School said...

That's it! I'm finally going to move Apples For Jam from my Amazon wish list into my cart! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mari said...

Yum, looks really good!