In my family, it’s a special tradition to make “GRANDPA’S POTATOES”. What is that you ask? It’s the way my grandpa would make leftover mashed potatoes for breakfast the day after we had them at dinner. He simply put the potatoes in some butter and browned them up.
No big deal, right?
Simple and worth it!
It’s seriously the most delicious way to eat potatoes and quite possibly my favorite breakfast item of all time. You may not know it, but this style of potato preparation is FAMOUS. Famous as “Grandpa’s”! So famous, that my husband also refers to them as “grandpa potatoes” unsolicited. I mean, what else would you call them?
Now, this flavor will always remind me of grandpa, and I will ALWAYS love it. But, it’s not the healthiest of breakfasts, so I reserve it for special occasions. With that said, I have recently discovered a way to have that buttery, crunchy and smooth potato fix without the guilt.
As you know by now, I usually have BUTTERNUT SQUASH MASH in my fridge from my weekly food prep. Well, that leaves me ultra-prepared when I get a hankering for a grandpa potato fix. I simply sub in the butternut mash for the potatoes and prepare the same way. And if I pair this with a salad, it’s a perfect combination for easy digestion. When foods are paired properly, they not only digest with more ease, but also increase the absorption of nutrients.
Butternut mash grandpa style came to me one morning on my way home from teaching and I had a hankering for brunch his way. When it hit me, I couldn’t get home fast enough to try it out. A healthy brunch, but all the comfort of grandpa’s version. I couldn’t wait to try it! It really does satisfy that salty fix and that down home feel. It’s so satisfying that I almost cried. It brings me so much joy to share this with you and I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do. Perhaps, you can start your own “grandpa potato” tradition.
Happy brunching! Let me know what you think!
Mashed butternut squash (See my mashed butternut recipe)
*You can certainly sub in mashed sweet potato, or cauliflower, or any other root vegetable mash leftovers
Heat up 1-2 Tablespoons of oil on medium heat. Put the butternut in the pan and toss around for a bit to warm it all the way through, then let it sit to start to brown. Flip and brown other side and serve with greens.
Cheers to starting new traditions!