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Jun 1, 2008 02:37 PM

Anyone ever add bananas to mashed potatoes?

At a dinner party the other day, we were served mashed potatoes that tasted nothing like we've ever had before.

When pressed, our gracious host said that bananas had been added.

Anyone else ever try this?

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  1. Its quite popular in Germany. My husband has had it a few times. Bananas add a sweetness that plain potatoes sometimes lack. Havent tried it myself. Whipping in some cooked yams is great too.

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    1. re: HannahBanana

      Um, "quite popular in Germany"? There IS a German dish called "Himmel und Erde" - "heaven and earth" - pureed APPLES & potatoes. But bananas? Maybe a weirdo regional thing :-)

      I COULD imagine mashed potatoes with ripe mashed plantains, actually...

      1. re: theike

        Wish I could pinpoint the region! However he has encountered it all over Germany many times, usually at buffet meals. Together we have come across it a few times while travelling through Germany and Switzerland on numerous occasions. Personally it gives me the willies......leave the darn potato alone! haha

    2. Nope, never even heard of it. So what did you think? You said they tasted like nothing you've ever had before. Is that a good thing, or bad? Sounds pretty whack to me. I'm curious to hear what you thought of them.

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      1. re: millygirl

        They were actually quite good.

        The first bite you're taken back a bit, because your taste buds are not expecting what's visually being presented on the plate.

        Definitely not the traditional mashed potatoes with gravy. It was served plain, and garnished with a bit of cinnamon.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Was it just a side dish? What else was served? Just curious what it would be paired with.

          1. re: valerie

            It was paired with Copper River Salmon and another side dish of roasted asparagus.

      2. Green cooking bananas maybe, but yellow bananas? I add calabaza sometimes.

        1. Could you also throw in some peanut butter? You could call it "Lisa from Top Chef Cycle 4" and Elvis's love child potatoes......

          1. I've done it with sweet potatoes only. I followed one of Tyler' Florences recipes, and roasted the banana in the oven first. It was great.

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            1. re: RGC1982

              Had mashed sweet potatoes with banana at a friend's. She didn't roast it, just threw one in with 3 or 4 potatoes while mashing. I have to say it was really good!