What would the point of Thanksgiving be without mashed potatoes?
YASSS, as they say. These goat cheese mashed potatoes are my all time favorite. If you’re not the biggest fan of goat cheese, just stay with me here. I promise you don’t really taste it – the goat cheese adds a little tang and a lot of creaminess to the potatoes.
It’s also important to toss two little pats of butter on the top, ya know, to get all that melty goodness in there for a finishing touch. Also, chives, which I apparently forgot, look lovely on top of the mashed potatoes!
So just how many potatoes do you need? This recipe accounts for 8 people, but you can increase the proportions easily! It’s 1 medium potato per guest and 1 oz of goat cheese per guest. Easy!
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Yield: 8 servings | Time: ~60 minutes
8 medium yukon gold potatoes, of similar size
8 quarts of water, or enough water to cover the potatoes by at least 1 inch
8 ounces of goat cheese
1/2 cup of whole milk or cream
4 tablespoons of butter
Salt & pepper to taste
Garnish: chives or parsley; pat of butter
Bring pot of water to a boil.
Add salt, like you would salt a pot of pasta, and whole potatoes.
Boil for about 35 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
When the potatoes are ready, dump into a collander and allow to drain. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, gently peel the potatoes. I like to leave some skin on!
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in the same pot, turn the heat off and add the potatoes. Pour milk or cream over the potatoes and start to mash until it’s just about the consistency you prefer. I like some chunks in my potatoes!
Add in the goat cheese and stir until just combined. Don’t over stir or you’ll basically end up with really delicious cement. Salt & pepper to taste.
Tip 1: You can make this ahead! Just reheat with a little milk/cream and taste as you reheat. It may need more butter, goat cheese, salt & pepper.
Tip 2: Boil your potatoes in chicken broth! I add some bullion to the boiling water, I’m convinced it makes these goat cheese mashed potatoes even better.