I served these under braised short ribs on Christmas. I went heavier on the red wine and lighter on the beef stock than what I have previously done for braised short ribs, so I will have to post that recipe soon, too. I also made these on New Year’s Day using a different flavor of the Alouette cheese and half & half instead of milk. Everyone loved these and got seconds or even thirds. Even the kid who doesn’t like mashed potatoes liked them. They were definitely a win!
These also reheat very well, and are easy to keep warm in the oven while you’re finishing cooking other parts of the meal. On Christmas, I made them in the morning and kept them in the fridge until closer to dinner, then I heated them in the oven.
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- 2½ lbs butter potatoes
- ½ cup butter, softened is ideal but not totally necessary
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- Alouette soft spreadable cheese (choose one)
- ½ package garlic & herbs flavor or
- 1 package spinach artichoke flavor
- ½ cup milk or half & half
- 1 cup grated asiago cheese
- 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced, or 1½ tsp garlic powder
- Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350°. (If these are sharing the oven with a recipe that needs to be at another temperature, they should be fine in a range of 325-375.)
Peel potatoes. Cut into large, even chunks and boil until fully cooked. Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. If you are using a hand mixer or immersion blender (see next step), you can also save yourself a dirty dish by just putting them back in the pot they cooked in – as long as the pot is not nonstick.
Add the butter to the potatoes and stir a bit so it starts to melt. Add the cream cheese, Alouette spread, garlic, and a couple pinches of salt. The next step depends on whether you’re using a stand mixer, hand mixer, or immersion blender.
- If using a stand mixer: Blend on low speed using the paddle attachment (flat beater) until the potatoes start begin to get smooth and the ingredients start to incorporate.
- If using a hand mixer: Use the mixer to mash up the potatoes a before starting to blend. Blend on low speed until the potatoes start to get smooth and the ingredients start to incorporate.
- If using an immersion blender: Use a fork or potato masher to mash up the potatoes a bit. Pulse until the ingredients start to incorporate and the potatoes begin to get smooth. You may need to stir a little with a spoon or spatula periodically.
Add the milk or half & half and grated asiago and mix into the potatoes. Taste to make sure there is enough salt, and add more if needed.
Transfer potatoes to a casserole dish. Bake until the peaks of the potatoes begin to turn golden on the peaks. (They can also be served not quite golden. I’ve baked these anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes.)