About Pea-Whipped Potatoes

Confession: I have a love-hate relationship with Michael Chiarello. Seriously, I have no idea if I love the guy or I hate him and his oh-isn't-Napa-just-the-end shut-the-fuck-up-already lifestyle. But then I saw him make pea-whipped potatoes on his television program, and I think perhaps beneath his is-he-or-isn't-he? exterior, we might just be kindred spirits. Because I love mashed potatoes. And I love mushy peas*. But to mix mashed potatoes with mushy peas? BRILLIANT!

* We'll actually be doing a mushy pea recipe that is slightly different than what you will be seeing here. Sometime. In the future. Promise.

So here's what we need:
  • 1 Idaho russet potato
  • a little warm milk or cream
  • a little melted butter
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • maybe a bit of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Yeah, now I guess you know what I mean when I say "all measurements are approximate," because I have no idea how much of anything this is going to take. It's all a matter of preference. So just go with it, okay?


First, peel and dice your potato into about 1-inch cubes.

Next put your potatoes in a pot and cover them with cold water. Add salt. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a gentle rolling boil and let that roll along gently until your potatoes are soft enough to stick a fork in them. But not so soft they are falling apart, because then you'll have some problems with the next part, which is draining the potatoes in a colander. So drain your potatoes in a colander, and if you have a ricer or masher now's the time to get it out.

Hopefully while your potatoes were rolling gently you got yourself a bowl and added a little milk and/or cream and/or butter to the bowl. (Start with about 1/4 cup of milk and a tablespoon of butter.) And hopefully you heated that bowl up in the microwave or something until everything got warm. Because you need that now for your potatoes.

So get your potatoes in the bowl, and mix/mash that all up until it's creamy, and if it's too dry add A LITTLE more milk or cream at a time until you get it to the right consistency. And when I say "little," I MEAN little, because you can always add more if you need it BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE IT BACK OUT AGAIN IF YOU ADD TOO MUCH. The importance of this should be evident by the caps lock, but just in case it isn't, I have added this sentence. To point out the importance of that stuff up there written in all-caps.

Add a little salt and pepper to this and, hey! Look! You made mashed potatoes!


Rinse out the pot you just used to boil up your potatoes in and add your frozen peas. Maybe a little olive oil for extra flavor if you like. Put the lid on that baby and let everything steam over medium-high heat until the peas are tender.

Now put those peas in a food processor with a pat of butter and blend it all up until it's smooth. (A stick blender also works well for this, but I broke mine sometime after my iPod died but before my camera, DVR, and laptop hard drive bit the big one. Apparently there was a month in there when I did nothing but give off electronic-destroying EM radiation. I could have been one of the Watchmen!)

Here's where things get tricky: dump the pea puree into the mashed potatoes and stir it all up until combined.

Give it a taste. If it needs more butter, add more butter. If it needs more salt and pepper (which it probably will), add more salt and pepper. Then, serve. And think about Michael Chiarello. Or, you know, don't. I can't help it. I AM OBSESSED.


  1. Pea-Whipped. Tee hee.

    Hello, Kat.

  2. i kept spelling it "pee." whoops.

  3. I am so torn, because while I love mashed potatoes (probably more than I should), I double hate peas. WHAT DO I DO?!

  4. maybe you should just stick with the mashed potatoes. because i ADORE peas.

  5. This sounds absolutely yummy.

  6. See, Carter hates peas with the fiery hot hatred of a thousand suns. But the rest of us adore peas with the love and devotion of a thousand saints. However, Carter loves mashed potatoes above all food (except Laffy Taffy...), so MAYBE the love for smashed taters will make him overlook the hated peas?? Maybe? Jennie? Weigh in on this, please.

  7. Well, I hate to say it, but I think if I got some mashed potatoes and someone had tried to hide peas in them, I'd be mad. Then I'd demand plain mashed potatoes. Hee.

  8. yeah, these totally taste like peas. but you could maybe do a much higher potato to pea ratio and maybe get him accustomed to the taste? kind of like developing an immunity to iocane powder.

  9. Dude! I HATE that guy!! He is such a poser!! And he keeps talking about his wife, but there is no way he's not gay, right? But your pictures are pretty.

  10. I KNOW! but i've seen his tv wife. or i've heard about her or something. EITHER WAY it doesn't matter, just be true to yourself, you know? gah!

  11. Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line! A-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAH... *thunk*.

    OK. This is good advice. I'm going to try it, because pea-potatoes sound completely delicious.