This recipe is another Grandma Mae original!! It was invented ages ago because I can remember eating them forever. Grandma Mae was famous for throwing whatever was in her refrigerator together in a pot and calling it "Jumboth". That basically meant a mish-mosh of leftovers. That's why there is no exact recipe for Jumboth because you never knew what was in it...and it was ever the same twice. She would just say..."It's all good stuff in there, of course it's good" or "just eat it...if its delicious it doesn't matter what's in there"!!!! Words to live by!!!! And of course, throwing in garlic and oil makes everything delicious!! Apparently, when she threw this together we all loved it so much that she kept making it the same way. It has been in our family for decades....its always a winner!!
GRANDMA'S MASHED POTATOES
5 POTATOES STRING BEANS 1 WHOLE HEAD OF GARLIC 1/2 CUP GRATED CHEESE 3 TBLSP BUTTER MILK OLIVE OIL SALT & PEPPER
Clean and cube your potatoes. Put them in a large stock pot and boil until soft. Drain and put in a large mixing bowl with the butter. Season with salt & pepper. Add a splash of milk...maybe 2 or 3 tblsp. Mash with a hand masher so they stay a little chunky and not totally smooth.
While the potatoes are cooking, you can do the same with the string beans. Snap the ends off, clean and put them in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook until very soft. I know when we normally eat string beans we might like a little crunch in them but for this we need them to be very soft. When they are done, use the hand masher again and mash them up very well. I usually start this process with cutting them with a knife before I start to mash. It helps getting them into tinier pieces first.
Okay, almost there. Just heat about 1/4 cup olive oil in a small saute pan and add garlic. Cook just for a couple minutes to release the flavor but not brown.
Now just add it all together on top of the potatoes. First the string beans...then the grated cheese...season again with salt & pepper....and finally the oil/garlic mixture. Mix it all together and let it lay for a bit so all the flavors come together. Grandma always said you need to let your food lay for a while. Also, if it is too thick you can always add a bit more milk until you are at the consistency you like.
An original Grandma Mae!! A delicious family favorite of ours and I am hoping yours now too!! ENJOY!! OF COURSE IT'S GONNA BE GOOD...THERE'S ALL GOOD STUFF IN THERE!!