When I was a kid, Sundays always went the same way. I got dressed in my Sunday best, which, much to my displeasure, usually involved tights and patent leather Mary Janes. Then we were off to church at 9am, followed by an Entenmann’s chocolate frosted mini-donut from the church basement and a ride across town for CCD (a.k.a. Catechism or Sunday School).
Religious education complete, the whole family then congregated at Grandma & Grandpa’s house for Sunday Dinner. The cousins all played while the adults sat in the dining room reading the newspaper and chatting. I was typically in the backyard losing a game of one-on-one baseball (we had a very complex set of rules in order to do this) or H-O-R-S-E to my cousin, Nathaniel. At some point in the afternoon, I would crawl in Grandpa’s lap to read the comics.
Then we would all gather around the table for one of my Grandma’s wonderful Sunday dinners. Sometimes it was spaghetti or chicken noodle soup, or stuffed cabbage (which I always ate without the cabbage), but more often than not, it was some sort of roast or chicken with a side of mashed potatoes. I would have a huge pile of mashed potatoes, usually with my corn mixed into it – those were pretty much the only two vegetables I ate as a kid. Probably too many mashed potatoes, since now I don’t really love them. On Thanksgiving, with all of the other awesome side dishes, I don’t feel that they are worthy of any of the valuable real estate on my plate. Then I found a recipe for Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes, and I was a fan again. I’ve made them several times, and thought it was time to put my own spin on them.
During The Bug’s nap, I cooked the onions till they were all browned and caramelized, added some balsamic vinegar and water, then let them cook a little more, until they were all gooey. Then I put them in the fridge till it was time to finish up dinner, and folded them into the potatoes right at the end.
They were sweet, salty, tangy, and tasty, and went perfectly with the flavors in the gravy from the crockpot roast and Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli (future posts to come on these recipes – dinner was delish!). I hope you like them, too!
Did you have family Sunday Dinners as a kid? Do you now? What are some of your favorite Sunday Dinner meals?
Parmesan Balsamic-Caramelized Onion Smashed Potatoes (serves 6-8)
Adapted from Cooking Light’s Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
1 T olive oil
1/2 of a large or 1 medium sweet onion (Vidalia, Maui, etc.), chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T water
2 lbs white potatoes, peeled and cut into about 1 inch chunks
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 grated parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil
1/2 t salt
a few grinds of pepper
Prepare the caramelized onions (can be done ahead, and kept in the fridge):
1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, and add onions.
2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. You may have to lower the heat a little as they start to brown.
3. Add balsamic vinegar and water, cover and lower heat.
4. Cook until soft and sticky.
5. Set aside until potatoes are ready.
Prepare the potatoes:
1. Cover potatoes in a pot with water, and bring to a boil.
2. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain.
3. Add the buttermilk and mash with a hand potato masher. I like to leave it a little chunky.
4. Stir in the reserved caramelized onions, parmesan, salt, and pepper.