Parmesan Mashed Potatoes with Baby Broccoli

My mum is addicted to potatoes and I inherited that from her. Since I've been going out with my partner, I had to change my very Polish habit of eating potatoes every day because he was just not that into them as everyone else in the country?! I ventured into the land of grains, pasta and legumes, but still, I was missing my spuds.

I am now in Poland, and I have to say that I have had enough of them after just over a week. I realised that, as good as they are, they are very boring, and in order to keep me interested and make me eat them for another day, I had to prepare one of my favourite mashed potatoes recipe and maybe show my family that there are other ways of eating potatoes, than just boiling them in salty water. They liked it a lot so hopefully you guys will too!

  • 1 kg / 2.2lbs potatoes
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp salt
Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl and mash finely.

Heat the half-and-half and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted and beginning to get hot. Slowly add it to the potatoes and mix it well.

Grate the parmesan cheese on top, add salt and mix until combined. Taste for seasoning and texture, and if too thick you can add more butter, milk or sour cream.

Steam the baby broccoli until just tender and take off the heat. Place some mashed potatoes on the plate, cover with baby broccoli and sprinkle with some more freshly grated parmesan.

I added some of the broccoli flowers to the potatoes for better colour and texture.

Serve immediately.



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