Spinach and Cheese Mashed Potatoes

"An Amish dish that is America's Midwestern comfort food at its very best. BF made this for supper with a few low fat substitutions and extra cheese:D Oh so fluffy potatoes with a chewy cheese crust. Make your kids love spinach! Yum! From Lehman's 50th Anniversary Cookbook (2005) based in northeast Ohio."
 
Spinach and Cheese Mashed Potatoes created by 2Bleu
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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Peel and cook potatoes (slice 1/2-3/4 inch thick and boil for about 15 minutes) and put through ricer.
  • Add salt, pepper, yogurt or sour cream, milk and butter (if using) to potatoes. Beat well until fluffy.
  • Fold in spinach, chives and dill (if using).
  • Place in lightly greased 8x8 casserole dish or loaf dish, top with cheddar cheese and bake 25-30 minutes or until cheese is browned.
  • Recipe can be prepared a day ahead before final bake.
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  1. SweetsLady  3
    I%u2019ve made this several times, always omitting the chives as a personal preference. My family likes them better with the cheese just stirred into the potatoes. We find baking overcooks the spinach and leads to a slightly bitter taste. When using fresh spinach, I barely wilt it in a little bit of bacon grease before mixing it with the potatoes %u2013 YUMMO!
     
  2. BeanieJ
    Very good, 2Bleau! The whole family loved it! I've actually made it twice now. I did make two changes: I cheated and used 2 pkgs. of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes (prepared). I also used 1 T. Basil instead of 2 T. chives. Still turned out excellent! Thanks a bunch! BeanieJ
     
  3. BeanieJ
    Very good, 2Bleau! The whole family loved it! I've actually made it twice now. I did make two changes: I cheated and used 2 pkgs. of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes (prepared). I also used 1 T. Basil instead of 2 T. chives. Still turned out excellent! Thanks a bunch! BeanieJ
     
  4. Jezski
    A keeper! Made as directed but rather than baking the mixture, I used it just as mashed potatoes. (ran out of time) Tasty! And looks very appetizing. Kumquat, thanks for posting; I'll use this recipe again. . . . . Janet
     
  5. jessi_mcg
    What a totally different take on mashed potatoes! We enjoyed this quite a bit. I ran into a timing snafu and didn't have time to bake the full 25-30 minutes, so I loaded the potatoes into the dish while still hot and placed the whole thing under the broiler to brown the cheese. I really loved the pepper in this, and next time I will probably omit the dill (couldn't really taste it) and increase the chives as they added a nice fresh flavor. I am also tempted to try this with kale, as I think the texture would be a nice addition to the dish. Thanks for posting! Made for Veg*n Swap #9.
     
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