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Mediterranean Mashed Potato Bowl

Mashed potatoes infused with basil and topped with Italian sausage and grilled tomato and mozzarella salad.

Prep- 30 min. Cook- 20 min. Yield: 19 servings, 1 bowl each
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Mediterranean Mashed Potato Bowl


1  pouch Potato Pearls® EXCEL® Original Butter Mashed Potatoes, prepared
3 1/2  lbs Italian sausage links
1  cup Buttermilk
1  cup Basil, fresh, loose pack
1  each Onion, finely diced
20  each Basil sprigs (optional garnish)
1  Tbsp Garlic, crushed
10  each Tomato, diced
2  lbs Mozzarella, diced
8  oz Olive oil
4  oz Balsamic vinegar


  1. Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions.
  2. Heat 1 ounce of olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Add diced onions and cook until onion is translucent, stirring constantly. Let cool.
  3. Add garlic, basil and buttermilk to a blender and blend until smooth. Fold garlic mixture and onions into mashed potatoes.
  4. Toss tomatoes in a large bowl with 4 ounces of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill tomatoes over high heat until browned about two min. on each side. (or roast on a full size sheet pan in a 400°F oven for 10 min.)
  5. Season sausages with salt and pepper and grill until fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. (or roast on a full size sheet pan in a 350°F oven until fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F, about 20 min.) Let rest for five minutes and slice.
  6. Chop mozzarella and tomatoes into a cubed salad style. Sprinkle with olive oil and season with pepper.
  7. Bowl Assembly: In an individual serving bowl place 1 cup mashed and top with 5 sausage sliced and ¾ cup mozzarella salad. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and garnish with a basil sprig.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Calories - 710 Protein - 28 g SatFat - 16 g
Fat - 48 g Carbs - 39 g Fiber - 4 g
Iron - 10 % Sodium - 1660 mg
Vitamin A - 25 %
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