Mashed Potatoes With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to our Thanksgiving week here at The Slow Roasted Italian.  We are sharing a full weeks worth of Thanksgiving recipes this week to give you time to shop and plan.

Today we are featuring our chosen potato dish for Thanksgiving.  Mashed Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes.  I have to say I loved these!!!  Mr W, not as much.  He is a classic, simple man when it comes to food.  He prefers my creamy mashed potatoes over any alternative.  Em and I really enjoyed these.  Mr W ate them, but said he liked the 'regular ones' better.  These really are a show stopper.  These have been served at dinner parties as a side to many beef, pork and chicken dishes.  They always receive RAVE reviews and there are never left overs!


Do you need real crowd pleasing alternative to mashed potatoes?  Try these Red Robin Seasoned Oven Baked Fries.

Recipe adapted from Bon Apetit November 1999

Mashed Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil; about 2 ounces)
1 cup (packed) grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces), divided2 tablespoons olive oil
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces1/2 cup whole milk1/2 cup half and half4 tablespoons butter1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F. 
Place sun-dried tomatoes in small bowl. Pour enough hot water over to cover tomatoes; let stand until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain. Return tomatoes to bowl; stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan and oil. 

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. Return potatoes to pot. Stir over medium heat until excess moisture evaporates, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add milk, 3 tablespoons butter, salt, nutmeg and pepper to potatoes.

Mash until smooth. 

Butter oval 9x6x3 baking dish (or 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish). Spread half of mashed potatoes in prepared dish. Sprinkle sun-dried tomato mixture over (I left 1/3 of dish without tomato mixture for Mr. W). Spread remaining mashed potatoes over. 

Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Dot with remaining 1 tablespoon butter.  (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  Bake potatoes uncovered until heated through and top is golden brown, about 35 minutes (or up to 45 minutes if refrigerated). Serve and enjoy!

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