Monday, November 7, 2011

Crazy Cooking Challenge - Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

I participated in the Crazy Cooking Challenge again this month. I was so excited to learn that this months dish was Mashed Potatoes. Our challenge was to find a Mashed Potato recipe from somewhere in blogland, make it and blog about it. Count me in - I love potatoes in any form especially mashed- the whole family does! I found a lot of great recipes and it was definitely tough to choose just one but I just couldn't pass up these Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese that I found at Food 52.     I am so happy I chose these because we LOVED them so much that I think I may add them to our Thanksgiving menu this year. Enjoy!

What you need:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
                       2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon sugar
3 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch
1.5 cups half and half (I used milk)
1 clove garlic, smashed
3 ounces goat cheese
Black pepper
Kosher salt

What you do:
Start by making the caramelized onions, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and stir them to coat. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and the sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 30-40 minutes. If the onions get too dry, add a small amount of water to deglaze the pan. Set aside.  
Start the potatoes by adding them to a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender. 
While the potatoes are cooking, heat the half and half, garlic, bay leaf, and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. 
When the potatoes are done, drain them and return to them to the hot, dry pot. Stir them over low heat for 2 minutes until they are dry. Pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl (I prefer my mashed potatoes lumpy so I skipped this step.) Gently stir in the hot cream mixture a little at a time until the potatoes are smooth and creamy (discard the garlic and bay leaf). You may not need to use all of the liquid. Set aside a small amount of the caramelized onions for garnish and stir the remaining onions into the mashed potatoes. Crumble the goat cheese into the potatoes and stir to combine well. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Spoon the mashed potatoes into a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining caramelized onions.

  And if you liked this recipe please vote for me below #18!!


  1. These look so yummy! My four year-old LOVES goat cheese (is that weird, or what??), so I'm going to try this version next time! Thanks for sharing!

  2. These sound amazingly delicious and I love all the flavors.

    If you haven't already I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

    Cook Lisa Cook

  3. mmm goat cheese in these sounds wonderful! Great Choice for THE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE!!

  4. Goat cheese and carmelized onions~two of my favorites! What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These look mouthwatering! Can't wait to combine my love for caramelized onions with my love for mashed potatoes.

  6. Great recipe! I love the combination of ingredients. The recipe I made is the one we are having for Thanksgiving too! :)

  7. Hi Danielle,
    I just love the Goat Cheese and Onions, Yum! Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen

  8. Wow these are the ULTIMATE mashed potatoes! Goat cheese and caramelized onions turn everything they touch into edible gold.

  9. I'm not a big fan of goat cheese but otherwise these look so deliious. I just love caramelized onions!

    Jen #14
    Jenny's Cookbook

  10. I eat anything smothered in caramelized onions - fabulous!

    Hope you'll stop by and see my Deep-Fried mozzarella Stuffed Mashed Potato Balls.


  11. These look so good, I love caramelised onion, definitely need to try this :)

  12. This was one of the recipes I was thinking about making for the challenge... glad I didn't lol! But yours looks and sounds delish. I am obsessed with caramelized onions!! I'm #71, check me out if you like :)

  13. I love the idea of mashed potatoes and caramelized onions.

  14. Caramelized onions, hello, you have my attention! I love goat cheese too. Yum! These sound absolutely amazing. Be sure to check out the Mexican potatoes at #20 too!

  15. Anything with caramelized onions, YUM. I like Food52 site, but haven't ever tried any of their recipes- this might just have to be the first!


  16. Caramelized onions in mashed potatoes. Holy cow those look delicious!

  17. hi! Just wanted you to know I think this looks delish! Thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday, I will be featuring this at tomorrows party. Hope you can stop by and grab a featured button and link up again.

  18. Yummmy.. This looks amazing.. What a lovely recipe.. I have to try it sometime.. I would LOVE if you could please link it to my thanksgiving {three weeks of thanks} party pweease - Via Wishing you an awesome start to your week.. ~M

  19. aw, mashed potatoes. one of my faves. :)

  20. G'day! Interesting combination! YUM!
    Thanks for the link back too!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Potato Party!


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