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Herb & Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Herb & Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Don’t mess with my mashed potatoes. Or, do mess with them, but only if the messing contains one of the following masher-approved additions:
A). Garlic
B). Cheese
C). Herbs

Bonus points if you use more than one.

While my all-time favorite mashed potatoes are still (and probably always will be) the Definitive Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, I am ok with mixing it up every now and then. And you know how I feel about goat cheese. So really, it was only a matter of time before goat cheese mashed potatoes happened.

My tips for perfect potatoes? Don’t skimp on the cream or butter. This is no time to go all Cooking Light on me. Good mashed potatoes will not be healthy, just accept it. The more butter and cream the better. Also? After draining, put your potatoes back on the heat. Let them cook for another minute or so, letting any remaining water evaporate out of them. You’ll see the steam. Then, mash the potatoes with a masher or push them through a potato ricer for the creamiest, fluffiest potatoes you’ve ever had.

Herb & Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 3 lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or other herb of your choice, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place potato chunks in a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil until potatoes are fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Thoroughly drain, and return cooked potatoes to low heat. Using a potato masher, mash and stir for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and remaining moisture has evaporated. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine butter and cream. Stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Add hot cream and goat cheese to potatoes and stir until smooth. Add thyme and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add more cream or butter as needed to acheive desired consistency. Serve immediately.
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  1. 1
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Oooh, sounds great! I LOVE anything with goat cheese.


  2. 2
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Oh wow – I love herbed mashed potatoes, but goat cheese? I might just die from bliss! Wonderful idea.


  3. 3
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

    ooh, these sound so wonderful! Goat cheese is so amazing


  4. 4
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Goat cheese can mess with my mashed potatoes any day. Yum.


  5. 5
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I can taste these, warm and fragrant, as I look at the photo and read your description. It sounds heavenly! We have some herbed goat cheese in the fridge right now, and some local potatoes….I’m definitely going to be making these tonight!


  6. 6
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I can’t wait to try this for Christmas…especially since I was lucky enough to win lots of goat cheese from your giveaway!


  7. 7
    Monica @ Soirees & Such
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Wow! I can’t wait to try this. And I couldn’t agree more with the butter and heavy cream part….you shouldn’t skimp!


  8. 8
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    UM, yes and yes.


  9. 9
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I am a little biased towards my dad’s mashed potatoes and tend to not stray away from his recipe. But I’ve never had goat cheese in mashed potatoes and I bet it’s great!


  10. 10
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

    How did I miss your roasted garlic mashed potato in the first place?! This just sounds so wonderfully decadent, love it!


  11. 11
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    i’m with you sister – herbs, garlic, cheese, cream, butter. oh, and potatoes. i also love some sour cream in my mashy-mash-mash. did i just baby talk? i apologize – the potatoes have me all excited.


  12. 12
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Goat cheese, herbs and simple carbs? Sign me up! Just gorgeous.


  13. 13
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    You had me at Goat Cheese! Yum…and I’m not even a potato girl! Cute bowl — can I ask where you found it?


    • Posted On December 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      West Elm! :)

  14. 14
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    My husband would die for these. He is obsessed with all things goat cheese. This might make our Christmas menu!


  15. 15
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Wow, this sounds good!!


  16. 16
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Mmm Love the sound of these!


  17. 17
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Did you serve these at Thanksgiving?! If so, looks like we had a goat cheesey holiday all around. I love goat cheese too!


    • Posted On December 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Best kind of holiday! :) Maybe next year we should figure out how to get goat cheese into all the dishes… hmmm…

  18. 18
    Posted On December 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Oh yummy! I love the idea of adding goat cheese to the potatoes! I’ll have to try this, thank you!


  19. 19
    Posted On December 8, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I just read the article in The Tennessean about you! I decided to check your blog out. I really wish I could have been a part of the cookie swap you hosted. Maybe next year (there will be one next year, right?)! By the way- these mashed potatoes look great!


  20. 20
    Posted On December 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I love potatoes and this looks fabulous!


  21. 21
    Posted On December 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    My family made these for Christmas Eve dinner (with rosemary instead of thyme), and I am making them again tonight – they are delicious!


  22. 22
    Posted On January 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I never thought of goat cheese with mashed potatoes but it is like a dream come true. I want to make this ASAP.


  23. 23
    Posted On March 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Whutttt…I’m making these tonight!  Stop playing!  Cheesehead till death!


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