Mascarpone Chive Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods.  Growing up we had them as a side at almost every meal, or at least a potato in some form.  I always helped myself to a generous portion.  I actually used to think they were healthy when I was young since they are a vegetable… if only that were true!  Generally I just add a splash of milk when I make the potatoes, as my mom used to do, and they turn out perfect.

Even though the traditional and simple way is my favorite, I like to change it up a bit.  Mascarpone cheese and chives seemed like the perfect combination.  The addition of the mascarpone makes the mashed potatoes extra creamy giving them a really good texture.  And the chives add a nice color and flavor to the otherwise plain potatoes.  They are perfect to add to any meal and make a beautiful presentation to a holiday menu.

Mascarpone Chive Mashed Potatoes
3-pounds russet potatoes
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 cup {8-ounces} mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Peel potatoes and cut into even chunks.  Add potatoes and bay leaves in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until tender.  Drain potatoes and discard the bay leaves.  Use whatever method you prefer to mash the potatoes {I use an electric hand mixer or my kitchenaid mixer}.  Add the chicken stock, mascarpone, butter, salt and pepper, and mix until blended.  Add the chives just prior to serving.

If I’m preparing the potatoes just prior to dinner, I generally do not have to reheat my potatoes once I mix in the cool ingredients.  They stay pretty warm.  However, if you prepare the potatoes ahead of time and refrigerate them or would like them a bit warmer after adding the additional ingredients, you can bake the potatoes at 350 degrees until heated through.  Add the chives just prior to serving.

Recipe is adapted from Good Life Eats.

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Comments

  1. this sounds delicious! ♥ i love love love mash potatoes

  2. These sound absolutely delicious. Have an insane amount of chives right now too!

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