5-Ingredient Fix Contest Entry. My Italian heritage inspired this mashed potato side which is great to serve anytime and especially when entertaining during the holidays. I use grape seed oil when roasting as it tolerates higher temperatures. The roasted fennel added to Simply mashed potatoes results in a great combination of flavor and a side that you will want to serve often.
Grape seed oil can be purchased in health food stores, larger supermarkets or on-line. Garlic flavored olive oil can be a substitue, if necessary.
Roasting the fennel can be done a day ahead and the fennel heated quickly in a microwave just before you puree it and beat it into the mashed potatoes.