Creamy mashed potatoes make for a great side dish. They are so easy to make and they are addictively good. Although simple buttery mashed potatoes are great, mashed potatoes are pretty much a blank slate, just begging for flavour to be added. Common additions to mashed potatoes include butter, creams, cheeses, herbs, etc. One of the things that I like about mashed potatoes is that the soak up the other flavours on the plate making them even better. It was with this in mind that I chose to serve mashed potatoes with my steak in pink peppercorn sauce dinner. I served the steak on the mashed potatoes so that some of the sauce would drip onto them and after the steak was gone they worked perfectly to soak up all of the excess sauce on the plate. I had some really sharp white cheddar cheese and I thought that it would go perfectly in the mashed potatoes along with some garlic that had mellowed out by simmering with the potatoes. I used some of those small new potatoes with the red skin and I left the skins on to add a bit of colour and texture to the mashed potatoes. The white cheddar and garlic mashed potatoes were nice and warm and creamy and full of flavour and they went really well with the steak dinner.
White Cheddar and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup sour cream or cream cheese or Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup aged white cheddar cheese, shredded
- milk to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the potatoes and garlic until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20-30 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and garlic and mash.
- Mix in the butter, sour cream, cheese and enough milk to bring the potatoes to the desired consistency.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Oooh that mashed potato looks soooo good!
Those look and sound amazing! Would go perfectly with the steaks we had last night.
That mash looks so cool! It rocks, Kevin!
I love putting white cheddar in mashed potatoes! Just like a steak-house! Great recipe Kevin!s
These look delicious, I love adding cheese to my mashed potatoes.
Love garlic too! This recipe is mine!!!!!! Thanks Kevin!!Gloria
OH, so that is the secret. Haha, I always wonder why my brother made the best mashed potatoes, now with this recipe, I’m going to outwit him.
Netts Nook says
Kevin they look great, mashed potatoes are my weakness thanks for stopping by my blog keep coming back.
oooh…mashed potatoes…I haven’t had this in a while!
Dana Treat says
This is the kind of thing I just can’t make because otherwise I would eat the whole bowl. Looks amazing!
I love your roasted garlic potatoes, so these must be incredible!
Lori Lynn says
Your potatoes sound great Kevin. We have tons of pink peppercorns trees around here, I need to go photograph them…thanks for the reminder.
What a lovely combination. That’s a good idea with the skin, gives a good colour to the mashed potatoes.
We had a great dinner last night. My son’s girl friend is here visiting from UCLA. My son made the steak base on your recipe: steak with pink brine peppercorn and red wine sauce. He use regular red/pink peppercorn, it was heavenly. I actually use grass fed rib eye (special order, for the special day). While my son was in charged with the steaks, I made your delicious creamy mushroom. It was really the best steaks we ever tasted in my life. My husband even interested enough to look at your recipe. My son said: this guy (you, Kevin) is good, mom! So, he also browsed your recipes. I just want to let you know about our dinner, and also THANK YOU, for the most delicious steaks recipe ever!
You’re the 2nd post I’ve seen today with mashed potatoes! I love the idea of lots of garlic. HOw about pepper jack! yum! Hope you had a great Vday darling. I love coming over here.. i always have a smile on my face when I leave;)
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says
Kevin – these look incredible you should send this to Noble Pig for her Potato ho down round up!!
Mmm… looks like one satisfying side dish! Have you ever tried it with roasted garlic? The dry heat makes the garlic caramelize more than boiling it, making it super sweet and delicious.
You really can’t go wrong with cheddar and garlic! Yum!
Love this potatoes … look and sounds like a delicious side dish ..will be giving it a try soon … Laila .. http://limeandlemon.wordpress.com/
Sam Sotiropoulos says
Hi Kevin! This dish is simply divine! Looks really good, so good in fact, I am going to give this a try for tomorrow’s dinner. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, great for leftovers, and Kevin if you have any, try frying these in a bit of oil. Tasty!
Mmm, delicious. The only thing better than mashed potatoes are mashed potatoes with cheese and garlic. 🙂
Ohh my god I must make this today, I have some great aged white cheddar!
YUMMY!!!!!!!! And I love the idea of the white cheddar because my BF *says* he doesnt like cheddar in potatos because it makes them look yellowy and buttery and yucky (i know…hes crazy!)
Soooooo donight I will use white cheddar, garlic (LOVE), and some finely sliced chives…just because I want to use up a bundle in the fridge!!
THANK YOU WE LOVE YOUR BLOG!
lisa (dandysugar) says
Your potatos look delicious and creamy! The cheese and garlic add a great layer of flavor. Yum.
Great idea to cook the garlic with the potatoes!
gosh, i know a guy who would kill for this mash! 🙂
Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says
Yum! I made L’aligot once and it was the most perfect comfort food 🙂
Oooh, scrum, yum, what a lovely way to pep up some mash. I also like that you used red spuds with skin on, keeps in more of the vitamins that way.
Bellini Valli says
I love an excellent potato mash:D
Mary Ellen says
Potatoes and cheese – my two favorite things in the world! Looks great.
I’m testing a recipe tomorrow that I am sure you will love. Here are the clues – cheese, mashed 🙂 sounds familiar? LOL
2 of my all time favorite things to put into extra creamy mashed taters. Your look so darn good.
this recipe look really great!! now I know what to make for hubby side dish! thanks!
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
This would be the main course for me — who needs the steak?
Now I’m craving mashed potatoes! yours look amazing, Kevin!
I love potatoes any way. This looks so yummy Kevin.
Mashed potatoes (or any kind of potatoes) are one of my favorite things! This recipe looks great.
mmmmmmm you had me at potato….these looks awesome Kevin!
Now those are my kind of potatoes – they look terrific Kevin.
i’m sure 40 other people said this before me, but YES PLEASE!
Foodie to the core says
Lovely recipe. An humble invite to visit my blog. I’ve been fan of your cooking.
Potatoes and cheese…you can’t go wrong with such a classic comfort food!
I love garlic with mashed potatoes. I hardly make them though yet its so easy!
I will have to put this on my menu soon!
interesting tidbit–i can’t stand regular cheddar cheese, but i love white cheddar. odd, right? anyway, these are some stellar taters. 🙂
I think Mashed Potatoes are one of the best foods in the world and if you add cheese and garlic I’m in heaven.
What’s not to love about such a warm and satisfying side?
Btw, I also leave the skin on the potato. Only difference is I use roasted garlic in mashed potatoes, because it’s milder in taste, not to mention, I live with a bunch of wimps.
Mashed potatoes are always a delight — even plain. But, I love a load of garlic and a bit of cheese in mine. DELISH!
Mashed potatoes just make you feel good. Especially with cheese. Love how you used white cheddar, which maintains the great color!
Nothing like butter and cream in your mashed potatoes-I try to keep it lower in fat sometimes (see my post) but as my husband says: sugar and fat, can’t beat that!
Mmm, cheesy mashed potatoes! Who in their right mind would say no to that?? Delicious!
I love potatoes any way, but they sound especially delicious with the white cheddar and garlic!
mmm, white cheddar in mashed potatoes sounds great. I will have to try it sometime. I too mash my potatoes with the skins.
Not Another Omnivore says
Zesty Cook says
Oh WOW – these look high end Kevin. Nice Job
Foodie with Little Thyme! says
I think i’ll make these tonight with my fried chicken
Those mashed potatoes look great!!! I am going to give these a try sometime soon!
Whoa! Potatoes? White Cheddar? Garlic? I’m so there! YUM!
This sounds like a satisfying side dish. I do love white cheddar.
love, love, love your blog! thank you for making meals something special for all of us!
these potatoes look sooooo good!
did I comment on this already?
I hope so.
how can this be bad? how I ask you?
this with your peppercorn steaks. uh huh.
primo baby primo!
I’ll take a plate of those please!
great mashed potatoes, and the picture is really good, soon I’ll be putting a classic on mine which has a nice mash too.. well done my friend 🙂
Wowza, these look SOOOO good, will try next time I made steaks or grill chicken.
You're the best Kevin.
J&J Dish It Out
Your blog is amazing! I made these potatoes for Thanksgiving last week, and they turned out perfectly. I used Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Yum – thanks so much!
I made these last week and was incredibly surprised at how the white cheddar flavor stood out without being overpowering!