Recipe Friday: Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes

It isn’t quite the holidays without mashed potatoes. It isn’t even an Irish Couple’s Dinner without the mashed potatoes! I can’t take full credit for the recipe. It was given to me after celebrating Thanksgiving with another family many years ago…we’ll call her T. T’s recipe was unbelievable and sooo simple! This recipe fills a 9×13 pan so either have guests/large family/ or plan for leftovers!

Ingredients

  • 8-12 red potatoes (you can use others, we just prefer red)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 package cream cheese*
  • salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste
  • 2 cups mozzarella
  • 1 pint whipping cream

Directions

  1. Cube potatoes; boil until the skins are separating and the potatoes are tender. I rarely time it.
  2. Mash potatoes with butter and cream cheese using hand-held masher or Braun if you want super creamy.
  3. Spread into a greased 9×13 pan, smooth into an even layer. Make sure to leave some room!
  4. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the potatoes.**
  5. Pour whipping cream into Kitchenaid and whip until it forms peaks.***
  6. Spread cream over the top of mashed potatoes.
  7. Bake at 350 until it bubbles. (About 30-45 minutes)
  8. Turn to broil and watch until the top browns lightly.
  9. Serve and don’t count the calories!

*This last time I made this recipe I discovered a little trick that made this already delicious dish even better! There is a  new Philly Cooking Creme. It currently has 3 different flavors and I had a coupon to try one out! I grabbed the Italian Cheese & Herb and skipped my regular seasoning. Just opening the package I knew that the flavor was amazing and well…there wasn’t very much to take home :).

My New Secret Ingredient

 **After the mozzarella is added is the perfect time to stop and refrigerate if you are wanting to prepare meals ahead of time. Then all you have to do is add the whipping cream and NOT pre-heat the oven. (This is so the dish warms slowly from the fridge and you don’t end up breaking a dish!)

***I’m loving astrix for some reason this time…Anyways, peaks are when you stop from whipping, gently pull up on the top of the Kitchenaid and it leaves a cute little mountain and doesn’t flatten back out in the bowl. So fun!

So next time you want fabulous potatoes, try this recipe. You wont be disappointed!

Happy Friday Everyone! Enjoy your weekend!

What dish helps make the Holidays what they are in your family?

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