About this recipe:Plain old mashed potatoes are jazzed up by adding spinach, Parmesan, bacon bits and garlic, then served with a pepper gravy. These mash potates will go well with almost anything.
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
4 tablespoons plain flour
475ml chicken stock
ground black pepper to taste
75g baby spinach leaves
40g Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons bacon bits
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:25min › Ready in:45min
Place the potatoes into a large saucepan and cover with salted water. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the red and yellow pepper and cook until the peppers begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 3 minutes more. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Season to taste with black pepper.
Once the potatoes have finished draining, return them to the saucepan along with the baby spinach, Parmesan cheese, bacon bits and garlic; mash until smooth. Fold in the butter and cream until incorporated and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the mashed potatoes alongside the pepper gravy.