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This is a great recipe for mashed potatoes made the night before. The leeks and thyme make them a bit more interesting than the usual mashed potatoes.
- In an 8-quart kettle combine potatoes with cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring water to a boil and simmer potatoes until tender, 35 to 45 minutes.
- While potatoes are cooking, in a heavy skillet cook leeks in 4 tablespoons butter over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. Stir in thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
- Drain potatoes in a colander and return to kettle. Dry potatoes over low heat, shaking kettle,1 minute. Cool potatoes just until they can be handled and peel. While potatoes are still warm, force through a ricer into a large bowl. In a small saucepan heat milk and cream until mixture just comes to a boil. Stir leeks and milk mixture into potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Spread potato mixture in a buttered 4-quart shallow baking dish. Chill potato mixture, covered, 1 day.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Dot potato mixture with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and bake, covered with foil, in middle of oven until heated through and butter is melted, about 15 minutes.
I served this yummy potato recipe as a side to Oxtail Bourguignonne 449251. I needed to use up some leeks and my main dish included thyme, so this was a good accompaniment. I easily halved the recipe. I let the potatoes cool, but did not chill them for a day. After cooling, I cooked them in the oven and followed steps 4 and 5. This seemed to work well. I did not have the problem with them being runny as mentioned by another reviewer. They were very good. Thanks!
This was delicious, but a bit... runny. Next time I need to have more potatoes. The taste was great, so I think it was just that I had too few potatoes. Thanks for posting it, Jules, I will definitely try it again.