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Tater Tree

 Tater Tree
Working as a chef, I use this recipe to make a seasonal side dish for Christmas meals. When St. Patrick's Day rolls around, instead of forming a green "tree", I shape the potatoes into a shamrock.
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2/3 cup minced chives
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • Small piece sweet yellow pepper, diced sweet red pepper and chive pieces

Directions

  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, place the chives and oil in a blender or food processor;
  • cover and process until smooth.
  • Drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl; mash. Add the sour
  • cream, salt, pepper and chive mixture; beat until blended. Keep
  • warm.
  • Using a small star-shaped cookie cutter, cut a star out of the piece
  • of yellow pepper. Spoon potatoes into a pastry bag with a medium
  • star tip; pipe onto a serving platter in the shape of an evergreen
  • tree. Place star at top of tree; sprinkle with red pepper for
  • ornaments. Place chive pieces at base of tree for needles. Yield: 6
  • servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 2/3 cup equals 373 calories, 29 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 320 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.