Every great holiday meal deserves a simple-to-make, standout, colorful side dish.
Holiday green and red mashed potatoes are the superstar easy, side dish recipe for the November and December meals.
Holiday Green and Red Mashed Potatoes Made Fast!
Christmas comes in so many fabulous colors and those colors keep the season so festive.
But, those fabulous red and green hues also add a beautiful color scape to our dining tables that are loaded with great eats!
Beyond the color, is the flavor and fluff.
I’ve got to say that these potatoes are full-bodied in taste and better than any other mashed potatoes I’ve made in the past.
You can change the stock used for the potatoes to make this with a beef dinner or a vegetarian dinner as well.
So it is versatile in flavor yet you need so few ingredients to make it!
Do You Have A Signature Side Dish? Holiday Green and Red Mashed Potatoes might be it!
When you prepare a holiday dinner, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s do you plan out your side dishes? If you do keep reading, this is a keeper!
You’ll love the ease of preparation for these holiday green and red mashed potatoes because they are made mostly in the Instant Pot or any equivalent electric pressure cooker.
Enjoy Holiday Meals with LESS Work
What you won’t have to deal with are mega pots and pans after preparation.
However, you will have everyone asking for the recipe for Instant Pot Christmas green and red mashed potatoes side dish and maybe a mint!
The trick to a great holiday dinner is not only good tasting but good to look at.
My Instant Pot Christmas Green and Red Mashed Potatoes with Garlic check all the boxes!
As always, I’ve kept this recipe contrite with simple ingredients and very little prep.
No Skimping on Yum! Instant Pot Holiday Mashed Potatoes
I did not cut any corners on taste, or ingredients that might be needed to make these taste amazing!
But I did cut out boiling, and draining, and all that fabulous mess! Drink an extra glass of wine and don’t worry about it, the recipe almost could cook itself, LOL!
You’ll still be using butter, but you could also sub in Olive oil if you prefer a more ‘Italian’ spin on the potatoes.
Also, if you want the potatoes to taste smoked toss in some smoked paprika for fabulous RED and smoky flavor!
Now I am so pleased to share with you a recipe I have perfected over the last few years and about 25+ batches to amp flavor.
Brilliant, fresh, garlic will be the flavoring and it will change how you will forever after making mashed potatoes.
It’s one simple ingredient that boldly sharpens the bland old mashed potato, but there’s more keep reading to the recipe!
Holiday Green and Red Mashed Potatoes
The holidays from November through December truly celebrate and invite the festive reds and greens on every level you can imagine.
Green trees, red berries, green ivy, garland, and that’s the shortlist.
While traditional Christmases are often made up of traditional foods, there’s no rule that you have to keep those same recipes going.
Yes, traditional recipes are always a necessity, but you can add in some new recipes and see what feedback you get.
That’s actually how I stumbled upon Christmas green and red mashed potatoes with garlic.
Christmas Green and Red Mashed Potatoes And A Change-Up
Years ago, I received an Instant Pot. Actually, long before they were so trendy.
So what happened next seems to be the norm, I cooked any and every recipe in the Instant Pot to see how much easier my life could be.
Added ingredients changed the taste (Naturally) and everything that took less fuss, actually tasted even better!
Well, the rest was history as One-Pot cooking was made possible by the Instant Pot.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot all I can say is get one, they are one of the most used appliances in my kitchen.
Instant Pot Holiday Mashed Potatoes Were Born Unto my Kitchen
There are a lot of different-sized Instant Pots available, in fact, one for any size family. Buy the size that seems right for you.
Don’t purchase an oversized Instant Pot for the holidays, let your everyday cooking and standard family size guide your purchase.
- 3 1/2 Pounds of Red potatoes skin on, scrubbed, potatoes with any blemishes cut out, cubed into smaller pieces.
- 6 large garlic cloves peeled, then smashed (or minced)
- 3/4 c. vegetable broth you can use chicken if you prefer Lower sodium is best Divide this into 1/4 C + 1/2 C as you will use this separately.
- A Pinch of both Himalayan Salt or sea salt and Freshly ground pepper.
- ¼ c. heavy cream not light
- 1/2 Stick of unsalted butter cut into even chunks
- 1/2 C Parsley or Chives rinsed dry from rinsing and chopped, set aside
- Smoked Paprika set aside or Plain Paprika
- Prepare your Instant Pot.
Place liner in the pot.
Start in saute mode.
Add in 1/4 c of the broth (reserve the other 1/2 for right before we cook)
Next, add in the garlic and the potatoes as well as the salt and pepper.
Allow this to begin to saute.
Stir to combine and ensure that the salt and pepper meets all the potatoes.
After 15 minutes, you might see that the liquid has evaporated a bit, and that is ok.
At this point, turn the pot off.
Introduce the other 1/2 c of the broth.
Place lid atop, and make sure the VENT Is SEALED.
Set the Manual setting to 8 Minutes.
The pot should come to temperature and pressure should build very quickly as you were sauteing ahead of this.
When the cooking time is complete, just allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then you can manually release the remaining pressure. (do beware of 'spitting' from the vent as well as HOT steam)
Now it is time to carefully remove the lid.
Set this aside.
Then add heavy cream and butter.
Using a potato masher, or an immersion blender, mash the potatoes until they are almost smooth.
However, you still do want to let a few chunks show through.
You can taste and season with additional salt and black pepper if desired.( I don't but you can if you like)
Now, carefully transfer the HOT mashed potatoes to a serving bowl.
Top off with GREEN parsley or chives (whichever you have chopped).
Add a generous dash of paprika across the top.
You've made Christmas Red and Green Mashed Potatoes with Garlic.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g
may be inaccurate
A Few Quick Tips Before I Go
Use a larger clove of garlic and split it in half.
Don’t use minced garlic the recipe won’t taste as good.
Do scrub the red potatoes and make certain that after the potatoes are cooked you leave some with chunks in them.
If you prefer no chunks you will need to use a hand mixer to whip smooth and you might need to add a bit more liquid to keep these moist and not dry.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Fresh parsley is tasty atop but if you prefer cilantro you could use that as well.
The Instant Pot will have to come to temperature, and I have allowed for that in the directions, but do keep that in your planning time.