Monday, April 30, 2012

Cheese Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Happy Nom Nom Monday!  For today's recipe I made Cheesy Thyme Mashed Potatoes.  This was the largest amount of mashed potatoes I've ever made, and they turn out really tasty.  My mom even said that next year for Thanksgiving, I should bring the mashed potatoes!  

- 10 medium sized russet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 3 heaping tablespoons of shredded parmesan cheese
- 4 heaping tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons of salt
- 2 tablespoons of salt

Halfway fill a large sauce pan with hot water.  Place the pan on the stove on high, add the salt, and bring the water to a boil.  While the water is heating up, clean off the potatoes, and partially skin them.  I skin the potatoes so they are left striped.  I like to leave a little skin on, I love the texture it creates in the final mash.  However, I have had mashed potatoes that have way too much skin in them, so be carefully not to leave too much on.  Then chop the potatoes up in half inch chunks.  Once the water is boiling drop the potatoes in.  Cover, and lower the heat a little, let the potatoes soak for twenty minutes.  When they are soft, drain the water off, return to the stove, and heat on low for a minute to cook off any excess moisture.  

Now add in the milk, butter, both cheeses (leave a tablespoon of each for a topping), garlic, and thyme.  Mash the ingredients into the potatoes until you have a creamy mashed potato mixture.  Scoop the cheesy thyme mashed potatoes into a serving dish, and sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the top.  Place the potatoes in the oven, and let it heat up to 215ºF.  In five minutes or when the cheese is melted over the top the cheesy thyme mashed potatoes are ready to serve.  

These were the best mashed potatoes I've had in a long time!  I'm always up for a cheesy thyme!  The thyme added a lovely flavor, and complemented the cheeses nicely.  Everyone loves mashed potatoes in my family, and this is a nice change from the classic mashed potatoes we devour.   Does your family enjoy mashed potatoes?  Do you add anything to your mashed potatoes?  Happy DIYing, chris!