Goat Cheese & Black Olive Mashed Potatoes

"This is a truly wonderful potato recipe! The combination of the herbs, olives and goat cheese is delicious."
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  • Boil the potatoes with the thyme for 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook until potatoes are tender (about 5-10 minutes more).
  • Reserve 1/3 cup potato water.
  • Drain the potatoes and garlic.
  • Mash potatoes and garlic until smooth.
  • Stir in cream, goat cheese, olives, olive oil salt and pepper.
  • If the texture is too stiff, stir in a little of the reserved potato water to make them fluffy.

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  1. I made this today and it was great!! I used skim milk as well .. thanks for a great recipe!!
  2. Absolutely delicious!I did,t have black olives to hand so I sunstituted pimento stuffed green ones.I,ll be making this again.
  3. I made this a few days ago and it turned out terrific. I was sceptical of black olives, but this is a major goat cheese household ;-). Honestly, worked great. Didn't have the cream though, so just used a splash of milk and more potato water -- this was the first time I learned this trick and it works and keeps the fat down in the finished product. Keeper!
  4. You just know when you taste a sensational dish, the flavours work really well together. I used half cream half milk (we cant buy half and half as such) and I had no fresh thyme so used the dry. Will be making this again.
  5. I thought this turned out really tasty! I actually skipped the half and half and just used the potato water at the end to get it to the right consistency while mashing. Garnished with thinly sliced green onion, so good!


  1. Incredible! Drained most of the water but mashed the potatoes in about a cup of the reserved water and used milk instead of cream. Oh, used Feta instead of goat cheese just because it was a better match for my main dish. Worked well! A hit!


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