Recipe Swap: Bleu Cheese and Roasted Apple Mashed Potatoes

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I was barely a teenager the first time I tried bleu cheese and I remember running to my drink and gulping down the contents wondering who in their right mind could eat a cheese so dry and pungent.

Since then, I've tried bleu cheese a few more times, over steak in an onion-bleu cheese sauce which I did enjoy, in a souffle when Tom and I visited Celebrity Kitchens which was incredible, and once again plain. It never became something I "liked" but if it was in a recipe I could at least eat it.

So I was a bit hesistant when Sarah sent me this recipe for the side dish swap. I instantly knew that Tom wouldn't like them as he's one of those strange people who thinks sweet and savory mixed together is gross. I decided to cut this recipe way down so in case we both didn't like it, I wouldn't need to throw any away.



Bleu Cheese and Roasted Apple Mashed Potatoes
Source: The Jey of Cooking, slightly adapted from Baked Bree
Servings: 2-3
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Ingredients:
    • 1 Gala apple, peeled and chopped
    • 1 lb. red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
    • olive oil
    • 2 tbsp. cream cheese
    • 2 tbsp. bleu cheese
    • 1 tbsp. butter
    • 1 tbsp. honey 
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
    • salt and pepper
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Place the apples in a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap up the foil, creating a packet. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until apples are soft.
3. Meanwhile, bring the red potatoes to a boil in a large pot of lightly salted water. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain.
4. Add the apples, cream cheese, bleu cheese, butter, honey, and milk. Mash until potatoes reach your desired consistency. Stir in half of the chives.
5. Transfer the potatoes to a baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. Top with remaining chives and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Now had I tried bleu cheese like this for the first time, maybe I would have been less hesitant to try it other ways. These mashed potatoes are absolutely decadent. I served them with steak, but they could easily pair with pork or chicken. Or hell, eat them alone as a meal. They are that good! Which is not something I expected to say. These would also be an incredible side dish for the holidays if you have an adventurous-eater family. Unfortunately I do not.

1 comment:

  1. Wow...these sound delicious! I wouldn't have thought to combine potatoes and apples but the final dish looks amazing.

    ReplyDelete

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