It’s pretty much a given that mashed potatoes are a must on any holiday table. Dinner without them is not quite dinner. Potatoes are versatile, so I always keep an eye out for interesting ways to prepare them.
The concept of brown butter and mashed potatoes just made a lot of sense to me. I have no real words to describe my love of brown butter and smoked Gouda – both are amazing on their own but together, well – it’s otherworldly.
Both combined with mashed potatoes, well – I think you get the picture.
Boil up your mashed potatoes in pretty well salted water. Drain them and mash them up. I use my mixer, its just easier.
Add your brown butter, cream cheese and milk in and mix up.
Fold in your Gouda, being careful not to work the potatoes too much – they tend to become gummy.
Drizzle the remaining brown butter over your plated potatoes and ta-da! Really I have no words. Enjoy!
Brown Butter and Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
3 1/2 pounds white potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 stick unsalted butter
4 oz cream cheese
¼ cup milk
½ cup grated smoked Gouda
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes over moderate heat until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain well.
In a small saucepan, cook the butter over moderate heat until the milk solids turn dark golden, about 4 minutes. Mash the potatoes. Add all but 2 tablespoons of the brown butter to the potatoes along with the milk and cream cheese and stir well. Fold in the smoked Gouda. Drizzle the remaining brown butter over the potatoes and serve.
Make Ahead The mashed potatoes can be refrigerated overnight and rewarmed in the oven, covered with foil.