Mashed Potatoes with Soft Cheese and Herbs

Serves 8-10

Your secret ingredient is the herbed soft cheese in these mashers, which replaces butter; the super-super secret ingredient is the lemon zest.
Ingredients
  • 8-10 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Salt
  • 5-6 ounces garlic-and-herb soft cow’s milk cheese, such as Boursin brand, fresh ricotta or goat cheese with herbs
  • 1-1 1/2 cups warm milk and/or stock
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley, chives and thyme
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 cloves grated or pasted garlic (optional)
  • Pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Cover the potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil. Salt the water and cook the potatoes to tender. Drain and return to the hot pot to dry them out a bit.
  2. Mash the potatoes with your soft cheese of choice, warm milk and/or stock, herbs, lemon zest and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. To hold the mashed potatoes, cover and place the pan in 1 inch of simmering water in a larger pan, making a bain marie (hot water bath) to keep the potatoes warm without changing their consistency.