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How to Make the Best Cheesy Baked Mashed Potatoes

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Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
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You won't find a better side dish to your weekend steak dinner than this cheesy baked mashed potatoes, so stop looking!
Servings: 8

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cover the potatoes with boiling water, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt, cover with a lid, and bring to a boil. Cook, covered, over medium heat until the potatoes are soft.
  • Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
  • Drain most of the water and pour the potatoes into a stand mixer bowl (or mash them manually with a potato ricer). Add salt, butter, cream, and nutmeg. Mix well and whip until you get a silky, creamy texture.
  • Transfer the mixture to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle a generous layer of mozzarella on top and bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes.

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cheesy baked mashed potatoes recipe
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How do I know when the potatoes are soft enough?

To determine if the potatoes are soft enough, insert a fork or knife into a potato piece. If it slides in easily without resistance, the potatoes are done. They should be tender but not falling apart. Typically, boiling potatoes takes around 15-20 minutes, depending on their size. For a more precise test, taste a small piece; it should be soft and creamy, not crunchy or hard. Ensuring the potatoes are properly cooked will result in a smoother, creamier mash.

cheesy baked mashed potatoes recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

How to make these cheesy baked mashed potatoes more flavorful

To make this dish more flavorful, consider adding garlic or roasted garlic to the mashed potatoes for a savory depth. Fresh herbs like chives, rosemary, or thyme can enhance the taste. Incorporate grated Parmesan cheese along with the mozzarella for added richness. A touch of sour cream or cream cheese can provide tang and creaminess. For a subtle kick, mix in a pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika. Using high-quality butter and cream is essential, as they significantly impact the flavor. Finally, ensure to season generously with salt and pepper, adjusting to taste throughout the cooking process.

cheesy baked mashed potatoes recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

What type of potatoes work best for this recipe?

For this recipe, starchy potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds work best. Russet potatoes are high in starch and low in moisture, yielding a fluffy and creamy texture ideal for mashing. Yukon Golds have a slightly buttery flavor and a smooth, dense texture, providing a rich, creamy mash. Both varieties absorb butter and cream well, enhancing the dish’s flavor and consistency. Avoid waxy potatoes like Red or New potatoes, as they can result in a gluey texture when mashed.

Can I substitute the cream with a non-dairy alternative?

Yes, you can substitute the cream with a non-dairy alternative. Options like coconut milk, almond milk, or cashew cream work well. Choose a non-dairy milk with a rich, creamy texture for the best results. Be mindful of the flavor profile; coconut milk adds a slight coconut taste, while almond and cashew milks are more neutral. Ensure the alternative you choose is unsweetened to maintain the savory flavor of the dish. Adjust seasoning as needed to complement the non-dairy substitute.

cheesy baked mashed potatoes recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

Can I add other ingredients like garlic or herbs?

Yes, you can enhance your mashed potatoes by adding ingredients like garlic or herbs. For a savory depth, incorporate roasted or sautéed garlic. Fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, rosemary, or thyme can provide aromatic and flavorful notes. You can mix these herbs into the potatoes or use them as a garnish. Adding ingredients like grated Parmesan cheese or a dollop of sour cream can further enrich the dish. Ensure to finely chop herbs and mix them evenly to distribute their flavors throughout the mash. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to complement the added ingredients.

cheesy baked mashed potatoes recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

Can I prepare this dish in advance and reheat it later?

Yes, you can prepare this dish in advance and reheat it later. After baking, let the dish cool completely, then cover it tightly with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to two days. When ready to serve, reheat in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat individual portions in the microwave. For best results, add a little extra butter or cream before reheating to maintain the creamy texture.

How to prevent the potatoes from becoming too watery

To prevent potatoes from becoming too watery when boiling, start by placing them in cold water and then bringing them to a gentle boil. Ensure the water is just enough to cover the potatoes. Avoid overcooking; check for doneness by piercing with a fork. Drain them thoroughly in a colander immediately after cooking. Allow the potatoes to steam dry for a few minutes before mashing. This helps evaporate excess moisture, resulting in a creamier, less watery mash.

cheesy baked mashed potatoes recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

What can I serve alongside this potato dish?

This potato dish pairs well with a variety of mains and sides. Serve it alongside roasted meats like chicken, beef, or pork for a hearty meal. It’s also excellent with grilled or baked fish for a lighter option. Complementary vegetable sides include roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, or a fresh salad to balance the richness of the potatoes. A side of sautéed mushrooms can add an earthy flavor, while a light, tangy coleslaw provides a refreshing contrast. For a complete meal, consider adding a bread option like garlic bread or dinner rolls to round out the dining experience.

cheesy baked mashed potatoes recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

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