Two items on my Thanksgiving table never change. There must be stuffing because it's totally the best part of the holiday. And there must be mashed potatoes because...gravy! But while I'm not willing to conceive of the holiday without the mashed taters, I'm willing to entertain a slight variation to them.
She didn't usually tamper any more than that with the taters but caramelized onions remind me of French onion soup and that brings up a need for Gruyere cheese. Actually, I never need much convincing to add Gruyere to just about everything. I kept a light touch here so that the onions would shine through and, of course...gravy! I doubt this bowl of mash will last long. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ingredients (4 Servings)
- 1 Large (or 2 medium) sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 Tablespoons butter or Country Crock Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil, divided
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 4 Large Idaho baking potatoes
- 1/2 Cup milk
- 1/2 Cup grated Gruyere cheese
- 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped chives or scallions
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add the olive oil and one tablespoon of butter to a large skillet or cast iron pan. Add the sliced onion and saute on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes or until the onions are a light golden brown.
Peel and quarter the potatoes and add to a pot of boiling water. Cook on high for 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Drain and return to the pot.
Mash the potatoes using a masher with a tight weave so that you get out all the lumps. Stir in the remaining two tablespoons of butter along with the milk. Fold in the caramelized onions, cheese and chives. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.
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