The holidays are usually a mix of family and friends. If you find yourself needing a crowd-pleasing party food, I've got just the ticket. A Mashed Potato "Martini" Bar! (Don't worry, I am not referring to potato vodka. This idea is kid-friendly.) I am talking about build-it-yourself party food.
Mashed Potato Martini Bars are a big trend right now. They're an inexpensive option but one you can make look elegant. And everybody loves mashed potatoes.
So what is a Mashed Potato Martini Bar? It's mashed potatoes served in martini glasses with a salad-bar-style collection of toppings. It's also super fun and interactive for guests.
Here's what you need:
Martini Glasses - make it fun and festive. It's not just a mashed potato bar, it's a mashed potato martini bar. If you don't own a set, pick up some mismatched ones at a thrift store.
Mashed Potatoes - your favorite recipe. You'll need about 1/2 to 1 cup per person, depending on what else you are serving. You can keep the potatoes warm in a chafing dish or slow cooker.
Now you just need to put out a bunch of your favorite potato toppings. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
- Freshly Grated Cheeses (Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Parmesan - Whatever You Like)
- Sour Cream or Your Favorite Potato Chip Dip
- Cottage Cheese
- Whipped Butter or Flavored-Butter
- Chives or Green Onions
- Pesto Sauce
- Cheese Sauce
- Cloves of Roasted Garlic
- Beef Stew
- Minced Ham
- Crumbled Bacon
- Garlicky Sautéed Shrimp
- Corned Beef Hash
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Sour Kraut
- Sliced Kielbasa or Polish Sausage
- Steamed Broccoli
- Roasted Red Pepper Strips
- Sautéed Mushrooms
- French Fried Onions
Plan for people to have seconds. You may even want to enforce a "two drink minimum!"