Ultimate Cheesy Mash - Great Dinner Party Side Dish

Jan's ultimate cheesy mash - a great match for so many dishes.  Fantastic for a dinner party too, as you can make it up to the point of putting the mashed potato in a dish, then just cover in cling film till you're ready to cook.  
When you are ready, simply remove the cling film and fluff it up with a fork.  It will now be ready to go in the oven when you need it to!  

There isn't really a recipe for this - just start by making as little or as much mashed potato as you fancy.

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Pre heat your oven to 200C/400F/ or Gas 6
Mash the boiled potatoes with a good splash of whole milk (not semi skimmed) and a good amount of butter - yes most definitely butter and not marg. I always add salt to the cooking water so I only add freshly ground black pepper to season. Add more milk or butter till you get it how you want - you don't want sloppy potato though so go careful with the milk - add a little at a time.
So now you have nicely seasoned mash. I then used a
potato ricer for lovely creamy mash.
Now grate as much extra matured cheddar cheese as you want (you want a good handful) and stir it into the mash.
Put the lot into an oven proof dish and sprinkle the top with freshly grated parmesan - again a good handful.
Put the dish into your pre heated oven for about 20 minutes or until the top has gone nice and crispy and golden brown - job done.

Never have lumpy mash again - be getting yourself a potato ricer! 


  1. The ulitmate comfort food. Ever tried cooking the potatoes in milk instead of water? Also when you're roasting save the roasting juices on the tray. When that is cold (in the fridge) you can scrape of the fat and use the meat juices below - stir in the mash to give it a flavour kick - chicken juices are the best for this! Maybe not for vegetarians though..... but the oil you save from sun dried tomatoes and marinated artichokes is great stirred into mash too.

  2. Oh you are making me starving Jan! This brings back childhood memories. My mum used to layer the mash and the grated cheese, with more cheese on top, it was delicious! Oh, I want some right now, this minute. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  3. This is a good "make-ahead" side dish for a dinner instead of mashed potatoes and they are tastier and cheesier!


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