Diehard "American Idol" viewers will remember Sarah Sellers as the geek-chic food blogger who made it to Hollywood Week last year. (Watch her Season 10 audition here.) Sarah has since continued her food-blogging, and has been cooking up scrumptious snack suggestions for any "Idol" viewing party and posting them here in Reality Rocks each week.
So tonight, this season's first top 13 will be eliminated, and it's sure to be a nerve-wracking occasion that could drive anyone to drink. But tonight, Sarah is serving up "martinis" that the entire family can enjoy. And this recipe is in keeping with last night's comfort food theme, which is a good thing, because tonight's results may be a little sad, depending on how America voted this week. We all may need this spinach for strength!
Spinach Mash Martinis
▪ 4 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
▪ 2 tbsp butter
▪ 1/2 cup 2% milk
▪ 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
▪ 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
▪ 4oz pancetta, diced
▪ 1 shallot, diced
▪ 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
▪ 2 garlic cloves, minced
▪ 1 (.5oz) large package fresh baby spinach
▪ salt and pepper
In a large sauce pan, cover the potatoes with water and boil until tender when pierced with a fork.
While the potatoes are boiling, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté the pancetta until slightly crisp and remove from the pan. Add the remaining oil and sauté the shallot and red bell pepper until tender. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 more seconds. Stir in the spinach and cook down until limp. Season with salt and pepper.
Drain the potatoes and return to the hot pan. Cook off the excess water for around 30 seconds. Add the butter, milk, and cheese and mash until smooth. Season accordingly.
Place a large scoop of potatoes in a martini glass. Top with the spinach and sprinkle with the pancetta.
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