Food for Thought : Moving in May through Ireland

Dear Friends,

It was 2 years ago that I finally came home from my volcanic cloud delayed Ireland trip. While being there was great, staying an extra 8 days not so much. Ireland is the land of my people; my grandmother was 100% Irish, born at the turn of the century, in 1900. Fire engine red hair and lovely brogue, Edna Finley was about as Irish as you can get.

Speaking of being as Irish as you can get, POTATOES are the quintessential Irish food. Here’s a recipe, enjoy!

Mashed Potato Casserole
Serves 6

2 pounds baking potatoes — cut into 1-inch pieces
1 (8-ounce) package neufchatel cheese (that’s low fat cream cheese)
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons whipped butter — melted
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Place potatoes in a saucepan; add water to cover, and bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until very tender; drain.

Combine potato, cream cheese and the next 3 ingredients in a bowl and mash your heart out.

Spoon into an 9 x 13 inch baking dish, lightly oiled; drizzle butter
over the top of the potato mixture. Sprinkle with paprika for color.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Per serving: 255 Calories; 11g Total Fat;
7g Protein; 2g Dietary Fiber; 27g Carbohydrate; 42mg Cholesterol; 227mg Sodium

Leanne Ely, your Dinner Diva since 2001
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