This Mashed Potato Recipe From The 1940s Will Knock Your Socks Off

‘Tis the season to make a buttload of food and stare into your refrigerator wondering what you are going to do with it all. If your family is anything like mine and automatically turns their noses up at leftovers, I am here to save the day with a recipe that’s been round for some time and actually had my youngsters begging for extra.

First, I need to inform you I don’t make mashed potatoes fairly often. By that I imply I make them every year on Thanksgiving. I all the time make too many after all. Have you ever tried to make much less of one thing and it appears to multiply by itself? Yeah, me too.

So, yearly I attempt to discover one thing to do with our leftover mash and yearly I appear to fail.

Shepherd’s pie had my youngsters throwing up of their mouths and I’ve to confess, I’m simply not a fan of that both. 

Then there was the yr I made a batch of Needhams (often known as Maine potato sweet). Since I’m from the state I grew up consuming these candies, that are made with plenty of sugar, mashed potatoes, and coconut. However, my household knew there have been mashed potatoes in them and so they couldn’t get previous that. 

I completed all of them myself, although, so it wasn’t a complete loss.


What I’m attempting to say is, my three youngsters are powerful critics. They aren’t extraordinarily choosy, however choosy sufficient that it annoys the hell out of me and I’ve given up attempting to make them glad on a regular basis.

When I got here throughout this standard recipe on Reddit referred to as the Potato Volcano, I learn the components and knew it could be the proper factor to pair with our Friday night time leftover turkey. 

The very first thing that caught my eye was how straightforward it was. The second was the very fact it contained leftover mashed potatoes, cheese, butter, eggs, and bread crumbs.

I knew that was a mix all of my youngsters would really like (and I’d die for) so, what did I’ve to lose?

Upon wanting in my fridge I noticed I had all the cheeses: Cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, feta, and American.

The recipe doesn’t specify which cheese to make use of so I made a decision to go together with cheddar as a result of hey, that’s fingers down the very best cheese ever invented. I additionally added some mozzarella for impact as a result of I like the way it melts. I knew after I served this volcano to my household they’d be impressed by the stretchy cheese strings. Also, it could in all probability make me really feel like a grasp chef.

My mashed potatoes have been actually chilly since they’d been within the fridge and I discovered that actually helped form them since you might be basically making a big mashed potato bowl to carry your cheese and butter.

I also needs to level out the recipe requires eggs, however I omitted that as a result of I’ve an egg allergy. Now, I’ve by no means made this earlier than, however I don’t assume it affected the recipe in any respect. 

After slathering my volcano with melted butter and topping with bread crumbs I popped it within the oven and my home smelled like an Italian restaurant (I used Italian model bread crumbs and so they have been the bomb. Or ought to I say the volcano?).

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As I minimize into it I used to be ready for the tacky lava to movement out and actually stun my powerful meals critics, nevertheless it didn’t occur. I’ll say the cheese was completely melted, although, and I used greater than sufficient — so I’m unsure why my lava didn’t leak out like I’d hoped.

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I forgot about all that after I tasted this dish that actually bought pulled out of my fingers by my youngest son — he’s my pickiest eater and I used to be stunned he even wished to attempt it. Apparently the odor made him so hungry he ate most of it proper off the recent pan with a fork.

Instead of serving this for dinner, it was our appetizer that didn’t even make it off the cookie sheet.

I’ll undoubtedly be making this once more and I don’t assume it’s going to wait till subsequent yr after I make mashed taters for Thanksgiving. I’ll be heading to the shop to get potatoes for this very motive.

It was heat, gooey, salty, and hearty — all of the issues I search for in a dish. I can nonetheless really feel the heat it dropped at my stomach.

If you might be on the lookout for one thing new to attempt, or have oodles of leftover mashed potatoes it’s essential to do this dish. It’s straightforward, fast, and also you in all probability have all of the stuff you want readily available. It would pair completely with a pleasant steak, pork, hen, or by itself.

This dish is a bit crunchy, has a variety of texture, and everyone knows every thing is best with cheese. Screw plain ol’ potatoes and make a potato volcano. Even the pickiest eaters will wish to attempt.

You’re welcome.

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