Homemade Mashed Potatoes with Cheese Recipe

Creamy, cheesy, and comforting, these homemade mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal. The addition of cheese makes them extra rich and flavorful.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (about 1 kg) of potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk (or heavy cream for extra richness)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite cheese blend)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 2 cloves of garlic, minced (for a garlicky flavor)
  • Optional: Fresh chives or parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Potatoes:
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into evenly sized chunks. This ensures they cook evenly.
  1. Cook the Potatoes:
  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and let the potatoes simmer until they are fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  1. Drain and Mash:
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Allow them to sit for a few minutes to let any excess moisture evaporate.
  • Use a potato masher or a ricer to mash the potatoes until smooth.
  1. Add Butter and Milk:
  • While the potatoes are still hot, add the butter and milk (or cream). Stir until the butter is melted and the mixture is well combined. For a creamier texture, you can use an electric mixer on low speed.
  1. Incorporate the Cheese:
  • Add the shredded cheese to the mashed potatoes and stir until the cheese is fully melted and incorporated. If you’re using garlic, add it at this stage as well.
  1. Season and Serve:
  • Season the mashed potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving dish and garnish with chopped chives or parsley if desired.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Serve the mashed potatoes hot, alongside your favorite main dishes.

Tips:

  • For extra flavor, consider adding a dollop of sour cream or cream cheese.
  • If you prefer a smoother consistency, you can pass the mashed potatoes through a fine-mesh sieve after mashing.
  • To keep the mashed potatoes warm before serving, place them in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally.

Enjoy your homemade cheesy mashed potatoes!

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