Top Mashed Potatoes With Tzatziki Sauce For A Deliciously Creamy Bite

Mashed potatoes garnished with chopped herbs
Mashed potatoes garnished with chopped herbs - nblx/Shutterstock

As far as side dishes are concerned, it doesn't get any more familiar or reliable than mashed potatoes. Whether you've got a massive roasted chicken, a steaming hot pot of soup, a hearty stew, or some beautifully seared steaks, it makes terrific company each time. Not only that, it's also a perfect blank canvas for endless creative endeavors, so you'll never run out of ways to make this humble dish more exciting. When sour cream just doesn't cut it anymore, for example, consider tzatziki for a change. You'll fall in love with the flavor and texture twists it brings to the mashed potatoes.

Made with Greek yogurt, tzatziki sauce offers a similar tanginess much like sour cream, but that's not all. Fragrant herbs, zesty lemon juice, and a bit of garlic give it aromatic tones, with a hint of freshness from the cucumber. Subtle as they are, these flavor notes infuse the mashed potatoes with enticing nuances that breathe new life into the one-dimensional blandness.

Of course, we can't talk about mashed potatoes without acknowledging its most beloved feature -- the creamy smooth and fluffy texture. With tzatziki sauce layered over top, this only gets better. The velvety and silky sauce seamlessly melds right into the thick mashed potatoes, making each bite much more satisfying.

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A Simple Addition That Makes All The Difference

A bowl of tzaziki sauce with cucumber
A bowl of tzaziki sauce with cucumber - Alleko/Getty Images

Topping your mashed potatoes with tzatziki sauce is as simple as it seems. Just layer a few spoonfuls over the dish's creamy surface and sprinkle in a bit of dill and lemon zest for a beautiful visual to match that gorgeous taste. Additionally, you can incorporate this delectable Greek sauce right into the mashed potatoes by adding it alongside the milk, butter, and spices before mixing everything together. This will thoroughly infuse the flavors, fully integrating the sauce into the mashed potatoes.

While you've already got the tzatziki sauce, lend the dish that exquisite Greek cuisine flair with just a few extra ingredients. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, some black olives, feta cheese, lemon slices, and fresh herbs are good enough. You can even transform the mashed potatoes into a full-blown Greek food bowl with veggies like cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions, plus some souvlaki grilled meat for an irresistibly savory touch.

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