Let’s talk about comfort food. Seems to be the right time of year, don’t you think? Stuffing, pie, mashed potatoes…and all those glorious leftovers. Are you guilty of making extra just to make sure you’ll have mashed potatoes for a week? And maybe enough to make even more comfort food, like the Pierogi Stromboli I’m about to bring into your life?
Yeah, me neither. *wink, wink.*
The thing is, we don’t always have leftover potatoes, right? Every day isn’t the day after Thanksgiving, so the next time you need a quick and easy weeknight meal or you need some great tailgating food, make it easy on yourself and use Simply Potatoes® mashed potatoes. They’re made with real potatoes, butter and milk, and they’re just like homemade. With fresh ingredients and bold flavors that take you from AM to PM with endless possibilities, Simply Potatoes has saved our family meals on many occasions. (Their Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes are a natural fit for hash, which is always a hit around here, for both breakfast and dinner.)
But back to that Stromboli I mentioned. Yes, I said Pierogi Stromboli. And yes, it’s as carby and delicious as it sounds.
I was looking to come up with a new mashed potato recipe, and this couldn’t have turned out better. You can go as “from-scratch” as you want here, but I decided to make this quick and use a pre-made, all natural pizza crust from the store. Couple that with the Simply Potatoes mashed potatoes I used, and this stromboli recipe takes less than 15 minutes to put together. The only real work you have to do is sauté the onions until they’re a bit caramelized, and then assemble.
If you’ve never done a braid like this before, get ready for awe and wonder. (And by that, I mean it’s EASY.)
- 1 large pizza dough
- 3 medium yellow onions
- ½ stick of butter
- 1 pound mashed potatoes (about 2 or 2.5 cups)
- 1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon dried sage
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Line a baking stone or sheet with parchment paper. If using homemade dough, roll out into a large rectangle (about 11x13") and transfer to parchment on sheet (or lay out pre-made dough on parchment paper.)
- Peel and slice onions into thin slices. Melt ½ stick of butter in a cast iron skillet (or saute pan) and add onions once butter begins to sizzle. Cook onions over medium heat until they are tender and golden brown, starting to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Spoon mashed potatoes down the center of dough in a line. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired. Top with cheese. Top with onions.
- Using kitchen shears, cut sides of dough in toward filling on both sides, cutting an equal number of 1" lines on each side. Pick up strips, one by one, criss crossing over filling to form a braid. Seal edges at each end.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter; add sage and stir. Brush butter over crust and sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake approximately 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove and serve while warm.
How is it that I always seem to have an abundance of onions to use up? I think that might not be a problem anymore.
Honestly, after making this recipe with Simply Potatoes, I’m pretty sure these might be a staple in my kitchen, too. Sure, I like homemade, but these just might be better than mine. (And so much better than some of the other brands I’ve tried. They’re smooth and creamy, not wet or clumpy at all.)
Guys, the decadence here is off the charts. And the braid? Well, that makes it pretty enough that you can take this to the next potluck you head off to, and watch the heads turn. Be assured, they’ll ask you to make this one again. And you won’t mind, because it’s just that easy.
See, there’s nothing to that braided effect. It’s just one over the other, all the way down. Kitchen shears for the win!
And a bit of sage butter gives it that little something extra (and then you can say there’s a green leaf in there, right?) I can’t pass up an opportunity to put an herb in the mix, and I just might try frying up some fresh sage leaves next time. Tuck them inside, and use the sage butter on top. Yeah, baby.
Can we all just take a moment, please.
It’s like a hug, a warm blanket, and your new BFF all at once. I wasn’t kidding when I said comfort food, and it’s pretty husband-friendly, too. Even my kids dug it! And I know that it’s made with real potatoes, real onions, real butter and cheese. I’m gonna call that a SCORE when it comes to food that fuels on game day.
Love potatoes? Simply Potatoes has tons more potato recipes just waiting for you.