Oh my, winter arrived with vengeance! At first, I loved the beauty of it and even enjoyed the holed up seclusion for a few days. And then slowly... we began to dig ourselves out. Our street, I thought, may not even see a snowplow before January. What it will scrape off the road will deposit at the end of our driveway. 

 I wanted to make Maria’s mashed whitebeans, but all we had at home was garbanzo, so I made this hybrid and Jimre who hates beans was none the wiser. Yesterday I baked bread but somehow I have to get to the store for milk. Oh and eggs. And sour cream. What kind of household without eggs and sour cream? The air looked all purple yesterday. I am hoping there will be no more snow today. Well the snow stayed, the plough came and that is how we ended the old year.

It was Peach Lady who alerted me to cooking beans in the pressure cooker. It would take way too long to cook garbanzo beans with the conventional method, but the pressure cooker made them soft in fifteen. I could have used a can of garbanzo beans, but that would not be half as much fun.

Garbanzo Mashed Potatoes

1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
1-1/2 cups cooked red potatoes
1/2 cup 3.25% plain yogurt
1 clove of garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
2-3 Tbsp melted butter

Paprika Onion Topping:

2 Tbsp butter
1 cup red onion slices
sprinkling of salt
1 tsp paprika

  • Cook 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans with 3 cups of water in the pressure cooker until soft.
  • Meanwhile peel, chop and cook the potatoes in water until soft.
  • Drain the potatoes.
  • Drain and rinse the beans.
  • Place the beans in the food processor with the yoghurt the minced garlic and the salt.
  • Puree.
  • Next add the potatoes and the milk and puree.
  • Add the melted butter and pulse to combine.
  • Transfer the mixture to a plastic bowl, cover and heat up in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.
  • Make the paprika onion topping just before serving.
  • Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet on medium heat.
  • Add the sliced onions and sprinkle with salt.
  • Sauté until the onions begin to wilt.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the paprika. Once you add the paprika don't put the skillet back on the stove; the paprika will turn bitter. 
  • Transfer the garbanzo mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and pour the paprika topping on the top. The paprika butter will melt down and nicely pool at the base of the dish.


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