Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

A simple side dish often goes unnoticed, but when it is as delicious as this one, it can make all the difference to your meal. Plain and ordinary mashed potatoes get a make-over with this cheesy upgrade.

Recipe yields 8 servings

2 lbs potatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Velveeta
2-3 tbsp butter
Salt & pepper, to taste

Peel potatoes and cut into cubes. Add to a large stock pot and cover with water. Bring water to a rolling boil and cook potatoes until soft throughout. Drain and return softened potatoes to the pot. Using a hand masher (or a fork) mash potatoes until most of the chunks are removed.

While the potatoes were cooking, prepare your cheese sauce. To a small sauce pot, add heavy cream and Velveeta. Stir until cheese is melted and you have a smooth mixture. Let simmer for 5-6 minutes to thicken.

Add cheese mixture and butter to the pot of mashed potatoes and stir in to combine well. The potatoes should become creamy. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and more butter, as needed to create a smooth texture.

Transfer potatoes to a large serving dish. Enjoy!