As Thanksgiving draws near, amidst the flurry of side dishes, delectable pies, and meticulously timed turkeys, the humble mashed potato often goes unnoticed. This unfortunate oversight is a familiar tale, yet it’s crucial to acknowledge that mashed potatoes hold the key to a magnificent Thanksgiving banquet. Imagine a velvety canvas of gourmet cheddar-scallion mashed potatoes, perfectly accentuating the flavors of each dish on your table. It’s the creamy companion that effortlessly marries with succulent gravy, enhancing every heavenly bite of turkey and harmonizing with the savory notes of stuffing. Don’t underestimate the power of this simple yet luxurious creation; it’s the soul of a truly extraordinary feast.
Our Cheddar-Scallion Mashed Potatoes offer a heavenly blend of creaminess, highlighted by the tang of sharp cheddar and the fresh bite of green onions. These mashed potatoes stand out from other, overly indulgent renditions, providing a touch of luxury without overshadowing the turkey and other side dishes. Mashed potatoes, after all, are the foundation of this meal.
This year, be mindful and prepare those extra potatoes. Blend in that cheddar, and finely slice those scallions. Trust me when I say that there’s no such thing as too much of this dish!
- 4 pounds of russet potatoes (peeled and cut into sizeable chunks)
- 1 to 1½ cups of whole milk (warm; adjust quantity depending on your preference for creaminess)
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 8 ounces of extra sharp cheddar cheese (grated; add more for a cheesier flavor!)
- 5 fresh scallions (finely sliced)
- 1 tablespoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of salt (or adjust to taste)
- Boil the potatoes until they are soft and easily pierced with a fork. Drain them in a colander and transfer back to the pot set over low heat. To ensure your potatoes are served piping hot, warm the milk and melt the butter in a small pot before adding to the potatoes. Alternatively, you can pour the milk directly into the potatoes and add the butter in chunks.
- Combine and mash the potatoes, milk, and butter. When the mixture is almost at your preferred consistency, stir in the parmesan and cheddar cheese, pepper, and salt. Continue mashing until the cheese is completely melted and well incorporated. Your gourmet Cheddar-Scallion Mashed Potatoes are now ready to be served!