Mashed Potatoes With Pine Nuts, Onions & Cinnamon

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

From The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden. Everything in that cookbook is delicious and this is one of my favorites. I've increased the amount of pine nuts because I love them!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil potatoes till done.
  2. Peel and mash them with the salt, pepper, cinnamon, butter and milk.
  3. Saute onions in olive oil till browned, adding pine nuts toward the end so they get toasted.
  4. Serve the potatoes hot, spread flat on a platter and topped with the onion pine nut mixture.
Most Helpful

Did love the taste of the dish though thought the cinnamon was a little bit too much (I had scaled back for 3 serves using carisma potatoes which are low GI) but felt the mix was too sloppy for our tastes so would cut back on the butter and milk to make the consistency we like but loved the addition of the crunchy toasted pine nuts, thank you Sticky Toffee, made for Name that Ingredient tag game.

I'mPat May 28, 2014

I cut this recipe in half for just the 2 of us, & I also left the potatoes unpeeled, since we like 'em that way! Before mashing them, however, I did cut them into smallish chunks to there would be no large piece of peel in the final dish! Because of the peel, it was not the most pleasant looking dish, but it certainly was tasty! Loved the topping of pine nut & onion! {Made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in this Spring's Pick A Chef event]

Sydney Mike March 15, 2011