When I was a child I loved being in the kitchen with my Great-Grandmother and Grandmother. I would listen to them chatter about the neighbor down the road, how my Grandfather would make my Grandmother mad and the gossip they overheard at the market about someone or another.
They would chatter and giggle while peeling potatoes, shucking corn, snapping beans, preparing pots and pans for the evening meal never missing a beat. I loved to watch their hands flow through their work as if they, themselves, had minds of their own. When they were giggling about some gossip they heard that day, it seemed their hands would giggle too. When they would discuss how Grandpa made them mad their hands would move even faster. It was as though their hands knew exactly what to do.
I loved those days. My Grandmothers made me feel accepted in their matriarchal circle even though I was just a young female child. They would teach me how to prepare the produce they picked for the day and gave me instructions as to my next task, which was usually doing the dishes to prepare more room for the cooking. I didn’t mind doing the dishes, it made me feel like I was apart of the tribe.
How I wish I could just go back to those days and feel the love that penetrated that kitchen. My beautiful Grandmothers who taught me so much about life, love and most of all, kindness.
On one such day, my Grandmas were making a huge meatloaf for dinner. There were a lot of mouths to feed and a huge Meatloaf would be just the ticket. Every time they would make Meatloaf they would make Mashed Potatoes with Hard-Boiled Eggs. Ooohhh, how I loved Mashed Potatoes and Hard-Boiled Eggs!
I guess it goes without saying that every time I make Mashed Potatoes with Hard-Boiled Eggs for my family I feel like I’m back in my Grandmas’ kitchen listening to them chatter and giggle. It’s a beautiful, warm fuzzy feeling I hope to never let go of.
So, today I thought I would share my Grandmas’ recipe with you in hopes that it will bring you and your family a warm fuzzy feeling that can be passed down for generations.
Let’s get started, shall we …
- 4 large Organic Russet Potatoes
- 5 Hard-boiled Eggs, peeled
- 1/2 stick of Butter (I use Kerrygold Irish Butter)
- 1/2 cup Cream
- 1/3 cup of Cream Cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Wash and rough chop potatoes. (I leave the skin on the potatoes)
- In a large pot, add potatoes and water, bring to boil.
- Cook potatoes until fork tender.
- When potatoes are fork tender, drain and add the potatoes back to the hot pot. The heat will help evaporate any remaining water in the potatoes.
- Add butter and cream cheese. Let melt into the potatoes before mashing with a hand masher.
- Using the hand masher, mash the potatoes and slowly add the cream. Stir in the cream until potatoes are the desired consistency.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Rough chop the hard-boiled eggs and stir into the mashed potatoes. The egg yolks will soak up the cream so you will have to adjust the consistency by adding a little more cream.
- Taste to make sure no additional salt or pepper is needed.
- Serve warm.
See you in the comments,