If you’re looking for a delicious spin on mashed potatoes this holiday season, these Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes will not let you down! They have such amazing flavor but won’t overpower all your other delicious side dishes!
For me, mashed potatoes are a must have on the holiday table. I make them for both Thanksgiving and Christmas and I love giving them a delicious spin. A few years ago I shared an amazing Wasabi and Parmesan version and today I’m sharing these delicious Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes!
If you’ve been around here for a while you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been sharing lots of vegan recipes lately. I do eat and make a ton of vegan recipes but I’m not 100% vegan. I love goat cheese and when I decided to put the caramelized onions in the mashed potatoes, it just seemed like goat cheese would go perfectly also!
Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Mashed Potato Ingredients and Substitutions
- Potatoes – I like to use classic Idaho potatoes when making mashed potatoes. You could also use Yukon gold or red potatoes if you like. They tend to be smaller so you will need a few more of them. I do peel my potatoes for mashed potatoes because I like them to be really smooth but you are more than welcome to leave the skins on.
- Onions – You can use any kind of onion when making caramelized onions but I always prefer to use yellow onions. They just seem to work well and I always have them on hand.
- Goat Cheese – I just used a plain log of goat cheese since I was also adding in the onions for flavor but you could mix it up and get a flavored one as long as it goes with the caramelized onion flavor.
- Garlic – I love adding a little garlic to my mashed potatoes! You can go as garlic heavy as you like 🙂
- Butter – Although this is not a vegan recipe, I did use vegan butter because that is what I always have on hand. Regular butter is great too. If using salted butter, make sure to taste before adding additional salt.
- Milk – Again, I used a plant based milk because that is what I usually have but regular milk would be great too, or even buttermilk.
- Salt and Pepper – Salt and pepper to taste! I love to go heavy on the black pepper.
How To Make Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
There is an added step of caramelizing the onions for these mashed potatoes but it is totally worth it!
- Start by caramelizing the onions. I thinly slice the onions and then add them to a pan with butter and a little bit of salt. It does take some patience to make caramelized onions. They will cook for about 45 minutes – 1 hour and you need to stir them up every few minutes. You want them to sit long enough to start caramelizing but you don’t want them to burn. You can also add in a few splashes of water or white wine throughout the cooking process for more moisture.
- Once onions are nice and caramelized, add in a few cloves of garlic and let cook for just a minute or two so it isn’t raw. You can caramelize the onions up to 3 days in advance if you like. Just refrigerate until ready to make the mashed potatoes.
- Add your softened goat cheese to a food processor along with the the caramelized onions. Turn food processor on and slowly drizzle in the milk until you get a nice paste. You can also do this step ahead of time if you like.
- Wash, peel and dice your potatoes. You want them to all be similar sized so they take the same amount of time to cook. Place diced potatoes into a large pot and cover with cold water. I also like to add in a few teaspoons of salt, but that is optional. Bring potatoes to a boil and then let simmer until fork tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain potatoes and then add back into the pot.
- Use a potato masher to lightly mash potatoes and then add your butter and caramelized onion and goat cheese mixture. Mix everything together and mash until desired consistency is reached. I like to use an electric mixer to ensure the potatoes are as smooth as possible. Try not to over mix though or they could get gummy.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste and enjoy warm!
Mashed Potato Frequently Asked Questions
- What kind of potatoes should I use? I like to use a classic russet potato when I make mashed potatoes but Yukon gold or red would also work well if you prefer.
- Do I need to peel my potatoes first? I prefer to peel mine, especially when using an Idaho potato because the skin is a little thicker but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. If using Yukon gold or red potatoes, the skins are thinner.
- Can I use an electric mixer to mash my potatoes? Yes! That is usually what I use to make my mashed potatoes extra creamy.
- Can I use a food processor to mash my potatoes? No, I would not recommend using a food processor. It will most likely make your potatoes have a gummy texture.
- Can I make these vegan? To make vegan, you can either omit the goat cheese or use a vegan goat cheese alternative.
- Can I make mashed potatoes ahead of time? Yes, you can make them 1-2 days in advance and then heat in a pot or over a double boiler just before eating. You will probably need to add extra milk to loosen them up.
- Can you freeze mashed potatoes? Yes, I would recommend freezing in a freezer friendly, air tight container for 3 months.
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