It’s that time of month again – Secret Recipe Club time! I have to tell you, I am amazed at how much fun this is and how much I look forward to being paired with amazing food bloggers!
This month I was assigned to a wonderful blog called SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl. Desi has so many wonderful recipes over there that it was really difficult for me to choose just one! And then I came across it! Giada de Laurentiis’ Mashed Potatoes with Parmigiano and Bread Crumbs from Giada’s Family Dinners.
Mashed potatoes are one of those dishes that you serve and everyone feels like they’re home.
My darling had been away all summer working. I keep asking what he’d like to have for dinner. “Food. Food you’ve cooked, Mom. Other than that, I don’t care.”
Sigh. Just once I would like to say – “Hey, what would you like for dinner?” and actually get a response. Well, a response besides “I don’t know.” I don’t have a recipe for “I don’t know” and since they seem to request it so often, I am afraid of repeating myself too often by making it!
My son’s favorite
cold any weather comfort food is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and string beans.
So we have a trifecta – the Secret Recipe Club, the triumphant return of the half-starved prodigal son, AND cold, stinky, rainy, summer-is-over, weather!
This recipe is really very simple and delicious. My guys are mashed potato purists, but that didn’t stop them from gobbling this up!
- 1 T butter
- 2 lbs russet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 C milk, room temperature
- 1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter, melted AND 1 T butter
- 3/4 C grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- 1 T plain bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a 13×9 inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.
Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and return potatoes to the same pot. Mash well.
Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 of the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Transfer the potato mixture to the prepared baking dish.
Stir the bread crumbs and remaining Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
NOTE: This recipe can be prepared up to 6 hours ahead of time, up to the point right before you bake it. Cover and chill. This recipe is also easily halved!
Desi, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with me! I hope I did this one justice!
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