14 August 2014
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.
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?