Once you’ve had a taste of puré—Italian mashed potatoes made from good boiling potatoes with butter, milk, and Parmesan cheese—you’d be likely to think they need no improvement. And my family and I would agree. We are so fond of them and have them so often, that I decided the time had come to try something slightly different.
On a morning that I had just got some lovely zucchini, I cut them into thin sticks and sautéed them in butter; and when the mashed potatoes were ready, I stirred in the zucchini. Thereafter, our new version of mashed potatoes became such a favorite that when eventually I returned to making them the original way my husband asked, “What happened? Didn’t you find any zucchini today?”