This dish was part of a wine tasting menu the our wine group served for our Christmas gathering. (See the wine pairing and full menu here.) I didn’t take pictures of it in December so I just remade it for a cottage dinner party. The original LCBO recipe suggests it for a winter holiday menu and it is wonderful but there is no reason this has to be a winter dish. We eat potatoes in summer right? And- since there are herbs and leeks involved it is also nice when they are in season.
The other good thing is you can make this ahead and reheat on top of the stove. You reserve the cooking liquid and use it to smooth out the mash initially if necessary and during the reheat if making ahead. The reheat feature is great for holiday parties when there are lots of items on the menu or for cottage dinners if you want to make it in the early cool of the day or the day before so you can enjoy yourself and your guests!
I thought I would write this up while my enthusiasm for the dish is top of mind because… guess what… the serving in the picture… gone… yum… I was in heaven! A couple of thoughts, I added a 1/4 cup of melted butter to the mash and I liked it better. I was a little hesitant about adding the mint but I had fresh mint in my herb garden and thought I should respect the original recipe. It added a very subtle, interesting note. I was worried it would take over the dish but it didn’t. And… most important of all… DON’T skip the frizzled leek topping… That is what takes the dish from ordinary to sublime!