Thursday, January 1, 2009

I have to share...

Last night we hosted a very small New Years Eve gathering with a couple friends. It was the perfect way to close out the year. We prepared a feast with everyone making a dish - my contribution was the (second) most delicious potatoes I have ever tasted in my life. (The first being my mom-in-laws roasted potatoes)

I found the recipe at and was delighted that it was from one of my favorites, Giada.

So without further ado.....

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 pounds russet potatoes peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter and set aside.

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Stir the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Recipe can be prepared up to this point 6 hours ahead of time; cover and chill.

Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Easy. And the best part? They're so pretty! I wish I would have remembered to take a picture. Next time. Because I will make them again.

Thank you Giada


coco said...

Happy new year.

Vanessa said...

Yum, sounds delicious! I'll have to try that one. Potatoes+cream+butter+cheese= amazingness. It also= a heart attack, but whatever :-) If you like potato dishes with all of the above ingredients, give this a try sometime. I made it for Christmas and it was so good!

Shelby said...

Thank you Coco.

Vanessa that sounds INCREDIBLE!! Thanks for the recipe. I'll definitely try it.

Leah said...

Yummy, I'm going to have to make that tonight! Giada is one of my faves - I think she is adorable and I love her recipes.

Mallory Grace said...

This sounds delicious. I will definitely be stealing the recipe. Love Giada. Thanks Shelby!

Shelby said...

Leah - let me know how it goes! You won't be disappointed.

Mal- anytime girl!