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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Picnic Game: U-Uninvited Smashed Potatoes

I was going to title them, unappetizing smashed potatoes. Smashed as opposed to mashed because I used a masher which really smashes rather than mashes. Got it? However, immediately after I saw my camera’s rendition of these enfoiled (is that even a word?) spur of the moment potatoes, I thought to myself, “not camera worthy” (do you do that too when you take pictures to post?) And certainly not picnic worthy because, their name didn’t begin with the letter U, the only poor lonesome letter that was not invited to the Picnic Game. (officially that is:) Uninvited! No, no, no, we can’t have a letter uninvited to the Picnic Game! The only time we didn’t have all the letters overflowing our baskets was the very first Picnic Game. My “lame” attempt at including all the letters back then went something like this:

Y-The Alphabet Picnic Game basket is full.

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing…YOU!

Zee-Zipped up the leftovers and ran. A fun time was had by all!

Hence, we have me toting the letter U with Uninvited Smashed Potatoes! Another futile attempt I’m afraid:)

I suppose you want the recipe now? Well, since I didn’t know I was packing a basket of said Uninvited Smashed Potatoes, there really isn’t a recipe per se. Here’s what I did:

I boiled yellow potatoes, let them cool just a tad, seasoned them with sea salt and lemon pepper, (love the stuff) grabbed some Ranch Dressing out of the fridge, which by the way was nearly empty) Splashed that in, added some mayo, (Hellmann’s girl here:) And smashed away. I was actually trying to create some sort of “smashy” form but I didn’t want to mash them so I was careful mixing the whole together. (now do you know why my shoulder is taking ever so long to mend) When it was to my liking, shape wise that is, I grated some cheddar (pretty much because that’s all I had:) and topped it off. I then carefully picked up sections and plopped them down in an aluminum tray to stay warm and melt the cheese on the barbecue. The lamb chops on the barbecue were almost done when I finally got the potatoes out there so, they didn’t really get melty, melty:) (you know what they say about cold lamb:) How were they? Well, Marion loved them! However, in all honesty, that lady loves to eat:) As for me, I thought they were okay. I like the concept, I just haven’t figured out the “science” yet. Perhaps you’ll have some suggestions when I bring them to the Picnic Game!

By now you should all have the letters you’re toting to the Picnic Game. Since I have lots to do before the Picnic Game Round-up, I’m just going to thank you all again and be off preparing. Whether you were able to “play” or not, you are all welcome to join in on the festivities on Tuesday, July 1st when we kick off National Picnic Month with the Picnic Game Round-Up! There’s tons of delicious food, a few surprises and comfy blankets strewn all over the world! “See” you then, Louise:)

53 Nibbles:

Ivy Sew said...

Hi Louise, your Uninvited Smashed Potato looks great even though you just added and mixed whatever is available. Well, I can tell you that you will have uninvited guests queuing up for your fabulous mashed potato! I am one of them, whether invited or uninvited, join in the line for your fantastic mashed potato! Can't wait to pack and go for our picnic soon. See you there Louise and glad that everyone is all ready for the game. Do enjoy and have fun :)

What's Baking?? said...

You are so creative. I like the name of your smashed potatoes.. lol

Tina said...

I wouldn't turn these potatoes away from any picnic. They look great, Louise. I will certainly join you next year, barring anything happening ( crossing fingers).
Looking forward to the roundup!

Also wanted to thank you for the nice comments you always leave me. It is very much appreciated. xxxx

Beth said...

Smashed potatoes sounds delicious to me!

Gloria Baker said...

Delicious Louise!
xoxo

Dawn Yucuis said...

Louise, I think your uninvited potatoes sound lovely and the deserve to go to the picnic. I look forward to July 1st. Next year I am hoping to join the picnic game, it sounds like a lot of fun!

Elisabeth Pregadio said...

Uninvited Smashed Potatoes?...Louise, you're a genius! These super yummy smashed potatoes will be a STAR at any picnic, anywhere; the best part is that you are bringing it to the Picnic, and I do hope I get a chance to take a nice helping scoop! (in the meantime, I'm grateful for your special last minute creation...saved the BEST for last)
I am so excited about the beautiful turn-out by all the lovely ladies, so generous, and creative goodies they shared;
but mostly to YOU dear friend for organizing at so well.
Huge applause, and big hugs to you, for hosting this fabulous Picnic Game event!

I Wilkerson said...

Great solution Louise--and the name sounds almost literary ;-) ! Though I must admit I am also drooling over your lamb. I picked up 3 cases of strawberries last night so I must be off myself to can and freeze (and munch). Too bad you're not short the letter "s"

Looking forward toTuesday!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Fun stuff! And I like using "uninvited" for the letter U -- very creative. Looking forward to July 1st!

Dottie said...

Dear Louise,
Great post and so much fun. I love your Uninvited Smashed Potatoes! I have to come to your basket and get a huge helping of your dish. You did a great job. I will definitely add the "U" to my blog for your potatoes. Now we will have all of the letters! Can't wait till Tuesday, to be at The Picnic--round-up! Thanks Louise, for you putting this together for another year of fun in the sun at our picnic! You are amazing!! I feel so thrilled to be a food blogger friend of yours..Blessing on this Sunday...
Dottie :)

Mae Travels said...

I just googled "smashed potatoes" and found quite a few previous uses of your amusing name, but I'm sure yours are the very best!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Well, from the looks of things, I would welcome all that cheesy goodness to the picnic. Bring on the Uninvited, Louise!

Barbara said...

Nothing wrong with your uninvited taters, Louise! Looks like good picnic fare to me. Thanks for all your hard work!

Brandi said...

Well they certainly look delicious to me. I find that sprinkling fresh parsley on dinner dishes makes them more photo worthy! LOL!!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
I was smiling away at the name of your dish! You are funny! Haha! Uninvited Smashed Potatoes, I like the sound of it! And it looks delicious!
Cannot wait to see all the lovely spread on July 1st! I'll be bringing an "empty tummy" and gonna stop by everyone's blanket to feast! :)

Medeja said...

Yummy! Great side dish!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love potatoes! This is a great dish. So comforting...

Cheers,

Rosa

Alida said...

Oh My! You are so inventive. This dish is delicious Louise and looks perfectly good to me. We are all ready for our picnic now :-)

Shirley Tay said...

I'm a huge fan of potato! What's more? I've a potato couch at home! Lol! Looks like there's gonna be lots of fun at the party, Louise. You're always full of surprises! xoxo

Kathy said...

Love your dish Louise…and love the name! Potatoes are an all time favorite! True comfort food!

Lady Lilith said...

Smashed potatoes make a great side and not just for picnics but for all year round as well.

Marjie said...

Everything's better with cheese. I'm sure if the cheese had been a little more melty, and maybe if you'd added a bit of ground pepper, you'd have been delighted with your invention! I'm sure you have a great roundup coming for us!

M.D. Johns said...

They look really tasty, Louise!

The photo makes me want to eat them, so I guess it has done it's job.

Edith C said...

In invited or uninvited, I am definitely going to dig into this one first. Thanks for having me for the picnic.

Debra Eliotseats said...

I have lots of unworthy pics that get posted but I actually kinda' like the topography of your smashed potatoes. They look like canyons and valleys (in a good way). Have a great picnic,

~ Nee ~ said...

Hi Louise , they may be un-invited but they will be gone in no time , see you at the picnic with my plate in hand :)

~~louise~~ said...

I turned them into soup the next day, Ivy, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks, Jenn:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks, Tina. We look forward to you joining us next year:)

~~louise~~ said...

They were good, Beth:) They were even better as potato soup the next day!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Gloria...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Dawn. I hope you will join the Picnic Game next year too. It's a blast!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Elisabeth!
You're so kind. Everyone does such a fantastic job choosing, cooking and hopping. I am so glad you joined us this year. Hopefully, it is the first of many:) Your Vegan Mango Salsa was a huge hit! Thank you so much for joining us, Elisabeth...I will definitely be keeping in touch:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Inger. We just had to have all the baskets full!!! Good Luck with those strawberries! Your CSA sounds phenomenal!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks John. It worked in a jiffy! The potatoes were actually much better as Potato Soup!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank YOU, Dottie! It really is such fun, isn't it! Enjoy!

~~louise~~ said...

Awe, thanks Mae:)

~~louise~~ said...

They made a GREAT potato soup T.W!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank YOU Barbara!

~~louise~~ said...

I'll have to remember that Brandi, thanks:)

~~louise~~ said...

So glad to bring a smile to your face, Joyce:) I'm sure that empty tummy of yours is now very full!!! What a feast!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Medeja!

~~louise~~ said...

Me too! Thanks Rosa:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Alida:) and what a picnic it was. I'm still stuffed:)

~~louise~~ said...

You have a couch potato at home, Shirley? I use to have one of those too, lol...It was a GREAT party, Shirley. Perhaps next year you will join us. In the mean time, go check out the round-up. Oh so much deliciousness!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Kathy...

~~louise~~ said...

So true, Lady Lilith. And these potatoes made a delicious soup too!

~~louise~~ said...

I literally "there" it together, Marjie. When I "played" with it the next day it was oh so much better, looks wise anyway. Potato Soup always looks yummy:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Mimi. They were pretty good. I'm so glad you like them:)

~~louise~~ said...

LOL, you're so funny, Edith. I hope you liked your digging in:) Thank YOU for joining us:)

SissySees said...

Oh I love it! They sound right up our alley. The Knight and the furgirls will be stealing the bowl if you don't watch them. And true confessions; that's also how I ended up stealing Kathy's photo for my picnic offering... her photo was better than mine.

Cakelaw said...

These potatoes look great - certainly inviting, not uninvited!

My Little Space said...

Louise, lucky that I brought some empty containers with me. haha.... I'm going to pack home some of these with me.
Happy Picnic dear !
Blessings, Kristy