Mediterranean Mashed Potato Bowl


  1. Prepare Potato Pearls® EXCEL® Original Recipe Mashed Potatoes according to package directions.
  2. Heat 1 ounce of olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Add diced onions and cook until onion is translucent, stirring constantly. Let cool.
  3. Add garlic, basil and buttermilk to a blender and blend until smooth. Fold garlic mixture and onions into prepared Potato Pearls® Mashed Potatoes.
  4. Toss tomatoes in a large bowl with 4 ounces of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill tomatoes over high heat until browned about two min. on each side. (or roast on a full size sheet pan in a 400°F oven for 10 min.)
  5. Season sausages with salt and pepper and grill until fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. (or roast on a full size sheet pan in a 350°F oven until fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F, about 20 min.) Let rest for five minutes and slice.
  6. Chop mozzarella and tomatoes into a cubed salad style. Sprinkle with olive oil and season with pepper.
  7. Bowl Assembly: In an individual serving bowl place 1 cup Potato Pearls® Mashed Potatoes and top with 5 sausage sliced and ¾ cup mozzarella salad. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and garnish with a basil sprig if desired.


  • 1 pouch Basic American Foods™ Potato Pearls Original Recipe
  • 2 lb cheese fresh, mozzarella, diced
  • 1 cup Nature's Best Dairy® Buttermilk
  • 8 oz oil, olive
  • 1 cup Peak Fresh Produce® Basil
  • 1 tbsp Peak Fresh Produce® Garlic, Clove(s), crushed
  • 1 Peak Fresh Produce® Onion(s), Yellow, finely diced
  • 20 Peak Fresh Produce® Tomato(es), diced
  • 3 1/2 lb sausage, Italian
  • 4 oz vinegar, balsamic