Recipe by Cucina Casalingo
Just adding cheese to regular mashed potatoes will produce a gummy mess. The secret to our great cheesy mashed potatoes is the timing. The amount of half-and-half needed to achieve the correct consistency will depend on the potatoes you use and how well you drain them. It is important for both the half-and-half and the butter to be hot when added to the potatoes to make sure that the cheese melts.
- 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1⁄2 teaspoon table salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 cup half-and-half, hot
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Cover potatoes with 1 inch water in large saucepan. Bring to simmer over high heat(this should take about 10 minutes).
- Reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer until potatoes are tender and dinner fork can be slipped easily into center, about 20 minutes longer.
- Drain potatoes in colander, tossing gently to remove any excess water.
- Wipe saucepan dry and return potatoes to pan off heat.
- Using masher, work potatoes into uniform consistency. (Alternatively, push potatoes through ricer or food mill and back into dry saucepan.)
- Using large wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir hot melted butter into potatoes until just combined.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper over potatoes and add 1/2 cup hot half-and-half and sour cream.
- Stir until just combined.
- Stir in remaining half-and-half as needed to achieve desired consistency.
- Gently fold in 1 1/2 cups cheese.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over potatoes and cover pot with lid.
- Let sit for 5 minutes and then partially stir in cheese.
- Transfer potatoes to serving bowl and serve.