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Mashed Potatoes with Soft Cheese and Herbs

Mashed Potatoes with Soft Cheese and Herbs


  • 8-10 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • Salt

  • 5-6 ounces garlic-and-herb soft cow’s milk cheese, such as Boursin brand, fresh ricotta or goat cheese with herbs

  • 1-1 1/2 cups warm milk and/or stock

  • 1/4 cup minced parsley, chives and thyme

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 2 cloves grated or pasted garlic (optional)

  • Pepper, to taste


Cover the potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil. Salt the water and cook the potatoes to tender. Drain and return to the hot pot to dry them out a bit. Mash the potatoes with your soft cheese of choice, warm milk and/or stock, herbs, lemon zest and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste. To hold the mashed potatoes, cover and place the pan in 1 inch of simmering water in a larger pan, making a bain marie (hot water bath) to keep the potatoes warm without changing their consistency. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, visit