Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

These were part of the Italian meal we enjoyed last night.  This is a Giada De Laurentiis - Food Network Recipe.  Very good!

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

1 tablespoon butter
4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup whole milk (I used 2%)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (
Salt and freshly ground black pepper (mine wasn't freshly ground, but I've heard it's great!)
2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs (I used Italian Bread Crumbs and didn't measure, just sprinkled them on all over the top.)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter and set aside.

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Stir the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Recipe can be prepared up to this point 6 hours ahead of time; cover and chill.

Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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