Our challenge dish this month.....mashed potatoes.
Mashed potatoes are a glorious thing. They add completion to a dinner
plate and warm and cozy to the belly.
The Crazy Cooking Challenges provide us participants the opportunity to
peruse the blogging world and find a recipe that delights our senses.
I found that recipe at Pickypalate.com. Titled, Smoky and Cheesy Buttermilk
Baked Mashed Potatoes, I was completely sold.
I wasn't quite sure that my kids would be sold. I resolved to not mention the
smoky part of the recipe and just focus on the cheesy aspect.
I need not have worried. These delicious potatoes hit the spot on so many levels.
I adored the smokiness. Not so surprisingly, The Sprite noticed the smokiness
too, and fell in love. The cheeses and the buttermilk added an amazing
richness so that The Boy and Husband were immediately won over as well.
These mashed potatoes were devoured! A very good choice indeed!
Here's the recipe:
Smoky and Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes(recipe from Pickypalate.com)
3 lbs. Russet potatoes
4 T butter
3 T cream cheese
1 t sea salt
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/2 t garlic salt
1/2 C buttermilk
1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat your oven to 375℉.
Peel and cube your potatoes and place them into a stock pot or Dutch oven. Cover potatoes with water and place over high heat, bringing the water to a boil. Cook your potatoes approximately 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
When the potatoes are ready, drain your pot and transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl. Add your butter and cream cheese and mix (with an electric mixer) on low to combine. Add all of your seasonings and buttermilk and continue to mix until potatoes are smooth and creamy.
Transfer your mashed potatoes to an oven safe baking dish and top with your cheddar cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.