Cheesy mash or mashed potatoes with cheese is a favourite side dish from many family gatherings. With many variations on the dish, it makes a wonderful canvas for adding in your own favourite toppings to make a signature dish. Be innovative when experimenting with cheeses, spices, and meats. Try some of these recipes to make a cheese mash that is sure to wow your party guests.
How to Make Cheesy Mash
Peel and dice 1.59 Kilogram of russet potatoes. Place into boiling water and cook for about 15 minutes or until they begin to fall apart. Heat two cups of half and half in a sauté pan. Drain potatoes and mix with half and half. Add two cups of cheddar cheese or any cheese of your choosing. Salt and pepper the mixture before serving. With such an easy recipe, you can add your own personal tastes when it comes to types of potatoes and cheese.
There are is a vast array of cheeses that you can use to make your cheesy mash. Many people tend to use cheddar and with over thirteen types to use it can be overwhelming to choose. Processed cheddar is great for its creamy texture, but flavour wise it can leave much to be desired. Double or single Gloucester adds a splash of sharp flavour. You can get both spice and cheddar flavour by using a flavoured cheddar. Different flavours include chives, bacon, or garlic. Pick a creamy cheese such as Gruyere or Swiss. These cheeses are typically used in onion soup and fondue. Blue cheese is wonderful to use especially if you are serving steak. Stilton, Point Reyes, and Shropshire Blue have a remarkable flavour. Brie cheese can take a common cheesy mash and turn it into a gourmet feast. Find one that you love or use fun combinations like pepper jack and mozzarella. Even cream cheese will leave an impression on guests.
Toppings or mix-ins are the best part of making cheesy mash. Let your imagination run wild. For meats, you can add bacon, ground meat, shrimp, pulled pork, or ham. Mix in vegetables like garlic, onions, roasted bell peppers, jalapeños, or leeks. Spices could include chilli flakes, chives, dill, parsley, curry, or rosemary. Make it extra creamy with sour cream, gravy, or curry sauce. You can double bake your cheesy mash by mixing a batch and putting it in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes. Create a crispy layer with breadcrumbs,Parmesan, or fried onions. You and your family will love sharing a classic dish made in a way to reflect your family's tastes.