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Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Fresh Thyme

For ultrafluffy potatoes, Grace Parisi presses them through a ricer. To achieve a similar texture, pass the potatoes through a food mill or a fine-mesh sieve. If you choose to mash them by hand, be gentle; otherwise, the potatoes will turn gluey. Grace offers other creative ideas for fluffy mashed potatoes like Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Shallots and Mashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash.

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  • Servings: 12

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  • 6 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • Kosher salt


  1. In a large pot, cover the potatoes and garlic with cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and garlic in a colander, shaking out the excess water. Add the half-and-half, butter and cheese to the pot and heat until melted; add the thyme. Remove from the heat. Press the potatoes and garlic through a ricer into the pot and season with salt. Stir over moderate heat until very hot. Transfer to a bowl, garnish with thyme sprigs and serve.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be made earlier in the day and kept at room temperature; warm over moderate heat, stirring constantly.

Contributed By Published November 2009

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