Emergency dinner: mashed potatoes with homemade ranch & salad with green beans & eggs ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

14 August 2014

Emergency dinner: mashed potatoes with homemade ranch & salad with green beans & eggs

Emergency dinner: mashed potatoes with homemade ranch & salad with green beans & eggs

Sometimes you just need emergency dinner.

First, put a pot of salted water on to boil. Scrub your potatoes under running water, cut into quarters, and simmer until tender.

Put your eggs into the potato pot to cook along with them. Scoop them out after about eight minutes and put them in a bowl of ice water to cool. When you're ready, whack them all over with the back of a spoon, peel them, and cut them into quarters.

Wash and trim your green beans. Put them in a steamer that fits over your potato pot. Put the steamer over the pot and steam until done to your liking. Shock briefly in cold water.

While your potatoes finish cooking, make a batch of The Chubby Vegetarian's yogurt ranch dressing. Put it in the fridge until you're ready to serve.

When the potatoes are done, drain them well and mash them with butter, salt, and pepper. Mash in some ranch dressing if you don't have any yogurt-haters in the house.

Get out a dinner plate. On one side, throw down a handful of the clean salad leaves of your choice. Top with green beans and eggs; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle on some olive oil if you so choose. On the other side of the plate, deposit a huge scoop of mashed potatoes. Top the potatoes with as much ranch dressing as you like.

Now eat it. Eat it all.

And for those of you watching at home, here's what it looks like when you hard-boil a double-yolked egg.

Emergency dinner: mashed potatoes with homemade ranch & salad with green beans & eggs

I've been saving this picture for months! And now, finally, there is a reason to post it. Eggs are the best, you guys.

What do you eat for emergency midsummer dinner?

12 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I had a aunt who used to make this kind of plate salad, with boiled eggs a dollop of mayonaise and mashed potato on the side and it was delicious of course for really fancy occasions she would devil the eggs as well. Thanks for reminding of this stand-by dinner,

Eileen said...

Deviled eggs would work so well here! You have to love the spicy mustard and paprika with potatoes and greens.

Michelle said...

You're my hero with meals like these. I love the double-yolked egg! So glad you had a reason to share.

Your green beans and eggs are making me crave a Ni├žoise even more.

Caz said...

Hard boiled eggs make an appearance in a lot of our summer dinners. We love them with roast baby new potatoes and corn on the cob. I love the idea of mashed potatoes as a change and the double egg yolk is fantastic. Haven't come across one of those yet!

Kelly @ Trial and Eater said...

I love quick dinners like this! Great way to get your veggies without having to slave hours in the kitchen :)

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I love your emergency meal that's SUPER healthy like this! I'm totally up for it any time (and won't consider emergency. :)). I love eggs (any kinds) on top of salad, rice, anything. :)

Sue/the view from great island said...

I'm still grinning :) I love hearing about other people's last resort dinners, and this one is now filed away for my next emergency!!

Monet said...

Oh my gosh! How special is that hardboiled egg? I would have flipped out!

Joanne said...

I've needed an emergency dinner every night this week! I have no idea what we've been eating, but I wish it was this meal!

Lisa Lin said...

That's so funny, I bought some eggs a few weeks ago that were filled with double yolks!

Sippity Sup said...

What you call "emergency" I call "default". By either name delicious. GREG

janet @ the taste space said...

Awesome egg, photo. Glad you shared it... and your emergency meals greatly outshine by latest attempts!