Back when we lived in Los Angeles, I headed up recruiting MBA candidates to join our firm. Part of the recruiting included throwing these crazy $60k weekends with wining and dining and general indulgence.
Saturday night during the big weekend included a huge expensive dinner followed up by limo rides to some club that was featured in the previous week's episode of The Hills. Given that I don't drink, and generally liked to go to bed at say 9:30 pm, Saturday nights were torture for me. I usually ended up being in charge of "skank patrol" at the clubs - keeping slutty chicks and their lower back tattoos away from our bottle service.
I led a charmed life.
Anyhoo, the best part of Saturday night was a dinner at Asia da Cuba at the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. It was a big family style dinner with over-priced but delicious food. The highlight of the dinner was Asia da Cuba's "wasabi mashed potatoes".
And you know what?
I cloned those mo'fos last weekend.
Yes I did!
Knock-off Fancy Pants Wasabi Mashed Potatoes
2 tblsp cream cheese
2 tblsp butter
1 tsp wasabi paste
Half and half or cream
1) In a large pot, boil quartered organic potatoes.
2) Using a ricer, and following these directions, and "rice" the mashed potatoes.
3) In a bowl, add 2 tblsp of cream cheese, 2 tblsp butter, and the 1 tsp of wasabi paste. Stir to combine.
4) Add the half and half or cream if the potatoes seem a bit dry.
Serve with anything that needs a delicious side dish. Or just sit on the floor of your kitchen and eat the whole bowl with a spatula. No judgement if option #2 tickles your fancy.
I've shared this over at Fat Tuesdays. Real Food Wednesdays, and Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.