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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

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

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

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

  4. I love potatoes and this looks fabulous!

  5. 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!

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

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

  8. Mmm Love the sound of these!

  9. Wow, this sounds good!!

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

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

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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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!

  16. UM, yes and yes.

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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!

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

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

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

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

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