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Wednesday
Nov172010

Feta cheese mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are something I have always been afraid to make. My mother makes THE BEST mashed potatoes in the universe, so I fear I would be sorely disappointed in my replication of her recipe. And what's the point of making mashed potatoes if they aren't hers? She has that "touch" with her cooking that I cannot ever seem to find.

I do realize how silly it is to be afraid of starchy tubers of the mashed variety, so I recently talked myself into trying a non-Mom recipe to see what transpired. I had no expectations. And guess what? They turned out pretty darn good! Maybe, just maybe, I will get her recipe and find the courage to make it myself.

In the meantime, here is how I made the not-quite-Mom's-but-still-tasty potatoes!

Peel and cube 2 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes. Place in a large saucepan along with 3-4 peeled cloves of garlic. Cover with water.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Drain.

Transfer to a large mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher.

Add:

4-oz. package crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Salt and pepper, to taste

Either continue to mash ingredients with the masher, or beat with a hand mixer on low until the potatoes have reached desired consistency. I was aiming for a somewhat chunkier dish, so I went the masher route.

I kept going back to the fridge and dipping my spoon into the bowl for juuuust one more bite, so that is a good sign!

In the course of my writing this post, I emailed my mom to ask her for her recipe and she already wrote back! I have her mashed potato recipe here in my shaking hands! Ok, now that I see it on paper it doesn't seem quite so intimidating, but I still doubt I will have The Touch. To be continued!

Feta Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Feta cheese is an incredible addition to a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes!

Serves: 6-8

Total time: 30 min

Feta Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 4-oz. package crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions:
  1. Place the potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl and mash. Add the feta cheese, cream, salt and pepper. Continue to mash or beat with a hand mixer until desired consistency is reached.

 

 

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