Cheesy Mashed Potatoes (Aligot)


1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and quartered

¼ pound cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

½ cup cream, heated

½ pound Comté or Gruyère cheese, grated

Salt to taste


Simmer the potatoes in water until very tender to the point of a knife, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain potatoes, and tip out any remaining water from the pot. Push the hot potatoes through a ricer back into the pot. Over low heat, use a heatproof spatula to move the potatoes around the pot for a minute so that any excess water can evaporate.

Add butter to the potatoes, half at a time, stirring until completely incorporated. Add hot cream, half at a time, stirring until incorporated. Add cheese a little bit at a time, stirring vigorously, until all the cheese is evenly melted and the spoon makes cheesy strings as you pull it away from the potatoes. If necessary, turn the heat up a little. Taste, and season with salt. Serve.


Calories: 578
Total Carbohydrates: 21 grams
Cholesterol: 143 milligrams
Total Fat: 46 grams
Dietary fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 19 grams
Saturated fat: 28 grams
Sodium: 1000 milligrams
Trans Fat: 0 grams