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“Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.” I like to think that if Samwise Gamgee made mashed potatoes (or “taters” as he calls them), they’d taste a little something like this. I knew that I wanted these potatoes to be bursting with flavor, so I turned to the Lord of the Rings Online game for inspiration.
In LOTRO, the “Masterful Mash” dish is made with potatoes, cheese, and Shire seasonings. I chose sharp cheddar cheese, as it gives the dish a nice flavor and a bit of color, too. As for the seasonings, parsley is a flavor that can be found in many Shire dishes, and the nice green color really stands out.
These mashed taters are super easy to make, and they make a perfect side dish to any Shire feast.
Samwise Gamgee’s Mashed Taters – A Lord of the Rings Recipe
- 5 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
- Boil the potatoes in water until they are tender.
- Drain the water from the pan, and mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well until smooth.