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MASHED POTATOES

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25 min

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4 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Mashed Fingerling Potatoes

For the Mashed Fingerling Potatoes

fingerling potatoes, chopped

2 lbs fingerling potatoes, chopped

Water

Water

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

heavy cream

16 oz heavy cream

unsalted butter

8 oz unsalted butter

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

For the Whipped Potatoes (Aligot)

For the Whipped Potatoes (Aligot)

Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped

Water

Water

heavy cream

8 oz heavy cream

unsalted butter

4 oz unsalted butter

Swiss cheese of choice

12 oz Swiss cheese of choice

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

For the Loaded Mashed Potatoes

For the Loaded Mashed Potatoes

large russet potatoes

3 large russet potatoes

milk

¼ cup milk

unsalted butter

2 tbsp unsalted butter

crispy bacon, chopped

1 cup crispy bacon, chopped

chives, finely minced

1 tbsp chives, finely minced

cayenne pepper (optional)

1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Scallions, chopped

Scallions, chopped

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly ground black pepper

cheddar cheese, grated

4 oz cheddar cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Mashed Fingerling Potatoes

1.

Start by chopping fingerling potatoes into 1” cubes and placing them into a large saucepot. Cover with water and add a pinch of salt.

fingerling potatoes, chopped

2 lbs fingerling potatoes, chopped

Water

Water

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

2.

Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes or until completely tender.

3.

Once tender, drain and place back into the saucepot and mash using a potato masher.

4.

Once mashed, add in heavy cream and unsalted butter. Whisk until fully incorporated.

heavy cream

16 oz heavy cream

unsalted butter

8 oz unsalted butter

5.

Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

6.

For the Whipped Potatoes

1.

Start by peeling and chopping Yukon gold potatoes into even 1” cubes and placing them into a large saucepot.

Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped

2.

Cover with cold water and a pinch of kosher salt, then bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes or until completely tender.

Water

Water

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

3.

Drain the potatoes. Then, using a potato ricer, rice the potatoes into the pot.

4.

Once mashed (riced), add in heavy cream and unsalted butter. Whisk together

heavy cream

8 oz heavy cream

unsalted butter

4 oz unsalted butter

5.

Slowly and in batches add and mix in the swiss cheese of choice.

Swiss cheese of choice

12 oz Swiss cheese of choice

6.

Once incorporated, whisk together until the cheese and starch of the potatoes have created a stretchy consistency (halfway between mashed potatoes and fondue).

7.

Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

8.

For the Loaded Mashed Potatoes

1.

Start by peeling and chopping large russet potatoes one at a time. Immediately upon chopping, place the pieces into a saucepot filled with water (off the heat).

large russet potatoes

3 large russet potatoes

2.

Salt the water and bring it all up to a simmer. Once at a simmer, cook the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, until a paring knife inserted into a potato chunk and twisted effortlessly cracks the cube in half, in which the potatoes are ready to drain.

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

3.

Draining the potatoes and use a potato ricer to rice the potatoes back into a saucepot.

4.

Once all of the potato pieces have been riced, add in milk, unsalted butter, crispy chopped bacon, finely minced chives, an optional teaspoon of cayenne pepper, chopped scallions, and a few hefty shakes of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning.

milk

¼ cup milk

unsalted butter

2 tbsp unsalted butter

crispy bacon, chopped

1 cup crispy bacon, chopped

chives, finely minced

1 tbsp chives, finely minced

cayenne pepper (optional)

1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Scallions, chopped

Scallions, chopped

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

5.

Add 4 ounces of grated cheddar and a few generous twists of freshly ground black pepper and mix until thoroughly combined.

cheddar cheese, grated

4 oz cheddar cheese, grated

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly ground black pepper

6.

Plate a bowl of potatoes and top with even more garnishes: shredded cheese, bacon, and scallions.

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