This week I had the unpleasant experience of having my wisdom teeth taken out. I know, I am a little late since I think the average age of taking them out when they are 18 not 28. For the month prior I was teething which now I completely understand what toddlers are going through and have a new perspective. Now that I had to revert to eating mushy foods, I made in advance pre-surgery mashed potatoes. In true fashion I had to mess around with them a little and added some fresh pesto; I had gotten some basil at the Farmerâ€™s market last weekend. Now I do love traditional mashed potatoes but this definitely was a fun twist to them and something I would enjoy every so often.
Â½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Cups of Fresh Basil Leaves
1/3 Cup of Toasted Pine Nuts
Â½ Cup of Olive Oil
1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice and 1-2 Teaspoons of Lemon Zest
I used my blender but a food processor would be better. Pulse together Basil and Pine Nuts (I chopped both before placing them into the blender) followed by Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese, and Lemon Juice + Zest blend all ingredients together until smooth and looks like green pulp if it is too think add a little extra Olive Oil.
3 Russet Potatoes
Â½ Cup of Skim Milk
2 Tablespoons of Butter
Salt and Pepper
Peel the Potatoes and boil them until they are soft (a fork can easily puncture through). Remove potatoes from heat and water and place in a separate bowl. In a saucepan heat milk and butter once butter has melted add to potatoes and with a hand mixer whip the potatoes until fluffy and smooth. At this point add about Â½ of the prepared pesto to start add more depending on how strong of a pesto taste desired.