Friday, March 18, 2011

Hot potato, hot potato, hot potato, hot potato

Potatoes are a wonder food. They are a starch, but also a vegetable. They can be made in a million different ways. They also pair well with hundreds of other foods. They are truly amazing.

Growing up, my favorite food in the whole world was mashed potatoes. My Nana used to make them every night. It was always a treat to visit her and have dinner at her house. They were classic comfort food and went with any meal she was making.

A few weeks ago I bought a container of mascarpone, an Italian triple-cream cheese made from crème fraîche. I used more than half of the container in another recipe and wasn't quite sure what to do with the leftovers. Then, I found this great recipe for Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese. I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand, so it was kismet.

This potatoes came out creamy, delicious, with the perfect flavorings of sweet garlic and creamy cheese.

Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese (from Bobby Flay)
Serves 4
  • 3 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic cloves, pureed
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Place potatoes in a large saucepan, add cold water just to cover and 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until tender.

While the potatoes are cooking, melt butter in a small sauce pan and whisk together with garlic puree.

Add milk and bring to a simmer over low heat. When the potatoes are tender, drain well and run through a food mill or whip with a hand mixer. Stir the milk mixture into the potatoes until combined. Fold in the mascarpone and season well with salt and pepper.

Keep warm over a double boiler until serving.


  1. I didn't know there was mascarpone in this... sneaky.

  2. These sound really good! I often make potatoes with cream cheese but haven't added mascarpone before.

  3. I very rarely make mashed potatoes but anything with roasted garlic and mascarpone sounds like a great dish to me! I wish I could scoop this up from my computer screen! ;)