Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions; words

Are you looking for recipes for Thanksgiving?

Mashed potatoes are always a hit, but why not make them a little more interesting this year?

The caramelized onions add a bit of sweet and the horseradish adds a bit of hot, making these a great accompaniment to roast meats… Like maybe a Roast Turkey, with or without the gravy.

You can make the onions ahead of time, and reheat them with the milk before mashing the potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions  

Total time: 30 minutes 


  • 2 medium potatoes, 10oz (300gr)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 3 tbs milk, yogurt or chicken stock

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions


  • Peel and cut potatoes into cubes.
  • Cook in boiling, salted (1/4 tsp) water, partially covered, for 15 – 20 minutes, until very tender.
  • Peel and cut onion in half through the stem end.  Cut into thick slices, then cut the slices in half.
  • Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and sauté until very tender and starting to brown, about 25 minutes.
  • Stir in sugar and cook, stirring, until sugar is melted.  Keep warm.
  • To assemble: Put milk, horseradish and mustard in a small bowl and stir or whisk well, to break-up mustard.
  • Add to skillet with the onions and heat through.
  • Drain potatoes and mash with potato masher or fork.
  • Add the onion/milk mixture and stir well to combine.

I read an interesting article the other day.

According to the article there are over 615,000 words in the English language.

Which is almost 4 times as many as in German, the next largest language, 5 times as many as Russian, the third largest and 6 times as many as in French and Spanish.


If we English speakers have that many words at our disposal why is it so often so difficult to find the right one?

Is it an abundance of riches?

According to the same article, English is the only one with a Thesaurus.

Because we have so many words to choose from, and books to help us find more, are we more concerned with expressing the right nuance than speakers of other languages?

Tired is a perfectly good word…. 

Exactly how different is its meaning from exhausted, whipped, worn-out, knackered, fatigued, beat, bushed, weary, all in, wiped-out, run-down and tuckered out?

As someone who loves words I’m thrilled that we English-speakers have so many choices to use to express ourselves.

As someone who is learning French I’m equally thrilled that French-speakers don’t.

4 thoughts on “Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions; words”

  1. Zoomie, they were good – better than the photo LOL
    Phoenicia, thanks….
    manningroad, I’m going to have to google that one….

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