Mashtinis

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Main dishes are often easy to select—maybe it’s turkey, or ham, or chicken or beef. Maybe even lamb or pork. But once that decision is made the question is what side dishes to offer guests. And what appetizers? Keeping those options both simple to execute, delicious, and interesting is what keeps some American cooks awake at night!
If choosing holiday starters and sides is leaving you stressed, relax. These recipes will let you serve up some traditional flavors with a fun twist – and they won’t keep you trapped in the kitchen.
Put a fun—and delicious—spin on the holiday favorites of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Bob Evans Mashtinis were created by the chefs at Bob Evans as part of the Mad About Mashed recipe collection to spice up your entertaining options this holiday. Served up in a martini glass, these mashed potatoes will be the talk of the party.
Flavors include the Sweet Tater Twist Mashtini that combines sweet potato casserole flavors with a little smoky bacon and sweet maple syrup. The Classy Carbonara Mashtini brings in crisp prosciutto, bright green peas, grape tomatoes, and herbed cheese for an elegant mashed potato dish that’s a cinch to make.
For some easy, more traditional appetizers to feed a crowd, try Stuffed Mushrooms filled with spinach, sausage, Italian cheese and bread crumbs.

Sweet Tater Twist Mashtini
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Prep time: 8 minutes
Yields: 4 Mashtinis

12 oz. mashed potatoes (or 1/2 pkg. Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes)
12 oz. mashed potatoes (or 1/2 pkg. Bob Evans Mashed Sweet Potatoes)
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 cup honey roasted pecans
1/4 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup maple syrup, warm
Prepare sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes using your favorite recipe or by following the recommended microwave instructions on the Bob Evans package.
Place about 1/3 cup mashed potatoes in bottom of each martini glass.
Layer about 1/3 cup (1/8 package) sweet potatoes over mashed potatoes.
Repeat layers, using about 1/3 cup mashed potatoes, then 1/3 cup sweet potatoes.
Top with 1 tablespoon each marshmallows, pecans, and crumbled bacon.
Drizzle with 1 tablespoon warmed maple syrup.

Classy Carbonara Mashtini
Prep time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 Mashtinis

24 oz. mashed potatoes (or 1 pkg. Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes)
2 tbs. crisped prosciutto, broken into 2-inch pieces
4 tbs. Boursin cheese
1/4 cup frozen peas, heated
1/2 cup crispy fried shallots
8 grape tomatoes (optional)
Prepare mashed potatoes using your favorite recipe or by following the recommended microwave instructions on the Bob Evans package.
In mixing bowl, place mashed potatoes and cheese.
Using a rubber spatula, gently combine mashed potatoes and cheese. Be very careful not to over-mix.
Place 3/4 cup mashed potatoes in a martini glass.
Stand 3 pieces of crisped prosciutto into mashed potatoes around rim of martini glass so they extend from the mashed potatoes about an inch.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon peas evenly over mashed potatoes.
Top lightly with a pinch of crispy fried shallots.
Garnish with a skewer of grape tomatoes

Stuffed Mushrooms
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Yields: 10 servings
1 pound Bob Evans Savory
Sage Sausage OR
1 pound Bob Evans Italian Sausage Roll
1/2 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded Italian three cheese blend, divided
50 cleaned mushroom caps
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In large skillet, cook and crumble sausage until brown. Remove and place in large mixing bowl.
Squeeze liquid out of spinach.
Mix into the sausage mixture: spinach, bread crumbs, and half of the cheese, blend well.
Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
Form balls with about a tablespoon of sausage mixture, and place in cleaned mushroom caps.
Top stuffed mushrooms with remaining cheese blend.
Place mushroom caps on baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender.

To get the full Mad About Mashtini recipe collection, visit http://mashed.bobevans.com.

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