Swiss Cheesy Mashed Spuds

Stop me if you’ve heard this one already… I may be repeating myself. These days I’m not so sure, but I did find a good price on Swiss cheese at Best Yet Market, they’re having their crazy 88 sale. So, as I have some potatoes here hat as starting to soften, I figured I would make some Swiss cheesy mash potatoes to accompany the pork chops Best had on sale (three buck for two nicely sized chops).  The chops were simply sprinkled with a little salt and pepper and broiled. The ‘fancy’ part of our dinner was the potatoes, the pickled beets part of the dinner came straight from the jar, but that’s just between us.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Six medium Long Island potatoes
  • ½ stick of butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • ½ cup chopped chives

Start by peeling and quartering the potatoes, toss then in a pot with some salt and some water and boil them up. Let them boil about fifteen minutes and then sit for five to really soften them up. In a large mixing bowl add the butter, cubed, and the milk. Add in the drained potatoes and start mashing… working the cheese in a little at a time so it melts into the mixture. Once that’s accomplished, add the chives and mix well… transfer this into a serving bowl and get it to the table.

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Comfort Food – Pub Style

Whenever you go to a good pub, the menu always features one of my favorite comfort foods. That’s right; we’re talking about a Sheppard’s pie… cooked long and slow. Now, there are quick and easy recipes that will tell you how to make one of these in thirty minutes, or even quicker. But the whole point it seems to these winter comfort foods is to take the long, slow, warm, approach that not only heats the hearth, but warms our memories as well.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb lean lamb, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • enough beef stock to cover
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 to 4 tsp corn starch
  • 2 lbs Long Island potatoes
  • 4 oz butter
  • Salt and pepper

Add minced lamb into a casserole dish, add onion, carrot, celery, beef stock, corn starch, salt and pepper, to taste, and stir. Cook in a slow oven, 275°F for about 2 hours. Its important that the flavors meld together. You can do all this on stove top for about 20 minutes BUT the flavor is never the same. When complete, drain off gravy and put that on the side.

Boil and mash potatoes with milk, butter, salt and pepper, however don’t make it into a wet paste. It should be firm and almost chunky, think ‘rustic’, and for gosh sakes don’t use the mash potatoes in a box!

Add back enough gravy to the meat to make it moist. Gently add the mashed potato to the top and build up. Spread with a fork, finally making fork marks both up and down and across to form a basket like pattern.

Put oven temperature at 400°F, then bake until potato is crispy and golden on the peaks (about) 30 minutes. Serve with remaining gravy, and a pint of Guinness or two.