Dress up basic mashed potatoes with a little spinach, feta, and garlic. These Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes are versatile enough for any meal.
Total Cost: $4.79 recipe / $0.80 serving
Servings: 6(about 1 cup each)
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
2russet potatoes (about 2.5 lbs.)$1.85
Freshly cracked pepper$0.05
2cups(packed) fresh spinach$1.34
Wash the potatoes well, then prick the skin several times with a fork. Place the potatoes on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Pierce the potatoes in the center with a fork to test for doneness. If they still feel crunchy in the center, microwave longer, one minute at a time, until they are tender in the middle (mine took about 8 minutes).
Let the potatoes cool for just a few minutes. Slice the potatoes into several pieces to make them easier to mash, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the butter, garlic powder, salt, some freshly cracked pepper, and milk. Mash the potatoes until the butter is melted and the seasonings are evenly distributed.
Add the fresh spinach and stir it into the potatoes. Allow the residual heat of the potatoes to partially wilt the spinach. Leaving the spinach only partially wilted gives the potatoes more texture and volume.
Finally, crumble the feta cheese over top and fold it into the potatoes. Taste the potatoes and adjust the salt, pepper, or butter if needed.
Frozen spinach can be used for this recipe, although it will produce a different texture in the final product. Thaw the frozen spinach, then squeeze out as much moisture as possible before stirring it into the mashed and seasoned potatoes.