Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Chives

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Mashed Potatoes

Photo: Leigh Loftus

I know. You had a weekend full of carb-eating, face-stuffing fun and the last thing you want to see here is mashed potatoes. I should be posting a nice salad or something low in fat, calories, carbs, sugar blah blah blah.Well, instead, you’re getting mashed potatoes. And it’s not to remind you of your holiday sins, no not at all, nothing like that. It’s to remind you that the holiday season has only just begun and we have, in fact, several weeks remaining ahead of us of that include big dinners, carbs, sugar, calories and yes, mashed potatoes.

And you know what I say to that, right?

Everything in moderation.



Well, regardless. Homemade mashed potatoes are just about the easiest thing you can make from scratch regardless of your cooking talents. The directions pretty much go: boil potatoes. Mash potatoes. Add milk or cream, chives and chevre. Eat potatoes. Repeat the last step, if desired.

Mashed Potatoes

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese & Chives
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Serves: 6-8
  • 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • ½ cup whole milk (or heavy cream, if you feel adventurous)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (chèvre)
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Place potatoes into a saucepan. Add water until potatoes are covered. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain water from potatoes and return them to the hot saucepan.
  2. Over very low heat, add milk or cream and chevre and use a potato masher to mix everything together. mash potatoes with milk or cream and cheese. Add chives and use a strong spoon to combine. Add salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.
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    Laurie Whitman
    December 10, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Maris – This blog is beautiful! I love it – your photos, your copy, your recipes – they are wonderful! I am going to make those cookies this weekend and also, thanks for the great idea for a holiday martini!
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    Pretty. Good. Food.
    November 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Oooh wow, I’m hungry now! Looks delicious!

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    November 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Holiday sins?! Those weren’t sins they were treats

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    November 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I will be in a carb coma until New Years!

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    November 28, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Mmm, there is always room for mashed potatoes! 🙂

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    November 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    My most favorite comfort food

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