This post is so appropriate, it makes me feel like quite the blogger. But it was complete coincidence, don’t let me fool you. This dish was the perfect side to our herb roasted turkey dinner over the weekend.
Friends of ours love to go to Vegas and they love to find good deals. Several trips ago, our friends recommended Mr. P and I try out the Bellagio buffet for lunch. Heads up: apparently the lunch and dinner offerings are the exact same, and you can save some cash by going at lunch. So that’s what we did. I believe I mentioned Mr. Prevention is rather “frugal”, right?
Well, the Bellagio buffet was certainly impressive, but there was one dish in particular that made me weak in the knees: pesto mashed potatoes. This first life-changing taste happened in 2006, and we have made a trip or two back. Fortunately, pesto mashed potatoes were a repeat item and still on the Bellagio buffet menu, at least to my knowledge. And Yelp will cue you in, too…I’m not the only one who raves about these pesto mashed potatoes — 47 others have declared their love, too.
Mr. Prevention and I are heading to Vegas this weekend. We may or may not confirm pesto mashed potatoes still being on the Bellagio buffet menu. We have 6 mouths to appease as we are meeting both of our parents in Vegas. Family fun! 😀
So if you have the chance at some point, go to the Bellagio buffet and try the pesto mashed potatoes, or at least try my recipe. It’s probably a
little lot healthier anyways 😉
Pesto Mashed Potatoes inspired by the Bellagio buffet
3 lbs potatoes, washed, and cut into 2-3″ cubes
1/4 cup Smart Balance Light
1/3 cup fat-free half and half
3 Tbsp low-fat sour cream
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup pesto (prepared or homemade)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil potatoes until fork-tender, about 20-30 minutes.
Drain potatoes and all remaining ingredients. Mash together and blend all ingredients using a potato masher, electric hand mixer, or stand mixer. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings (1/2 cup each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 122 calories; 4.2 g. fat; 1 mg. cholesterol; 205 mg. sodium; 21.1 g. carbohydrate; 2.3 g. fiber; 3.8 g. protein
Result: An indulgence to make your heart skip a beat! Sure, it’s not the healthiest way to eat potatoes, but it quite possibly the most savory and bold! Enjoy!
Our herb-roasted turkey, pesto mashed potato, and asparagus meal was delightful. I am very pleased to say that I successfully roasted my first turkey! I went with an herb rub inside and outside of the bird, as well as under the skin for additional flavor. I used a combination of sage, rosemary, and thyme and stuffed the turkey with quartered onions and large pieces of celery and carrot. Delicious!
Better late than never…and I got to really test out my new convection oven. Swoon 🙂
Question: Does the sound of pesto mashed potatoes make you weak at your knees, too?
Like I said, Vegas-bound this afternoon! I will take my laptop, but I doubt there will be much blogging going on 😉