Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Company Mashed Potatoes....

I know that mashed potatoes are a staple in most American homes.  My husband is a meat and potatoes man, so we have them a couple times a week.  I make them like most of you do, BUT for special occasions, I like to make things a little more decadent.  My Company Mashed Potatoes ALWAYS leave my guest asking what  my secret is. 

The finished mashed potatoes on a plate with steak and asparagus.

Now, I assure you this is not for the calorie counter at heart, but who is really counting on Thanksgiving anyway?  I can't wait to share this with you so...

Let's Get Started!

*Prep Time: 10 minutes  *Cook Time:  20 minutes  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings:  4-6 

Here is what you need:

  • 4-5 large baking potatoes
  • Half and Half
  • 4 oz. of cream cheese
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 tsp. of seasoning salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
Tools you will need:
Let's get this party started!

Potatoes getting peeled on a cutting board.

After you have scrubbed and washed your potatoes, you will need to peel and dice them.
**Kitchen Tip**  I like to peel my potages over a plastic bag.  This makes for easy clean up! 

Salt being added to a sauce pan with cubed potatoes in it.

Once you have peeled and diced your potatoes, you will need to add 1 tsp. of salt to them. 
Like pasta, this is the only time you have to actually season the potatoes themselves. 
Cover them with water and place over a high heat.
Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes. 

The cooked potatoes being added back into the pot.

When you can insert a fork into your potatoes and it comes out easily, they are ready.
Once ready, strain them and return to your pot or a serving bowl.

Melted Butter being added to the cooked potatoes in the sauce pan.

Add your melted butter...

Cream Cheese being added to the cooked potatoes.

Your cream cheese...

Half and Half being added to the mashed potatoes in the sauce pan.

And your half and half.
Use your potato masher to get the potatoes as smooth or as chunky as you like!
Other great tools for this are hand mixers, potato ricers, and food mills.

Seasoning being added to the mashed potatoes.

And your seasoning.
Once you have added the seasoning salt and pepper, taste. 
 If you feel it needs more salt, add it a pinch at a time.
Remember, you can add more salt, but you can't take it away.

The finished Company Mashed Potatoes topped with cheese and bacon.

Serve your Company Potatoes up with your favorite entrée and enjoy!
These potatoes are rich, creamy, decedent, and full of great flavor! 
Of course, this is not your everyday mashed potato, but if you want to make someone feel special it will do the trick! 

I hope you enjoy this scrumptious side dish and as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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