I was watching the Today Show the other morning and saw a piece on how to “fancy up” regular take-out food to serve it even to company… I was intrigued. Not because I am a take-out consumer, but I am always eager to learn how a simple twist or added ingredient can make something nicer and fancier…The one idea that struck me the most was to add Boursin cheese to KFC’s mashed potatoes. You mix it up, put it in a casserole dish and bake it in the oven for a few minutes and voila, fancy mashed potatoes!! I have seen this Boursin cheese in the grocery store before, but was never motivated enough to buy it.
At the Today Show demo, Hoda Kotb tried it and was amazed at the flavor… so, if Boursin cheese can do that to a tub of KFC’s mashed potatoes, what can it do to fresh baby red skinned mashed potatoes… try this one and you’ll see for yourself!!!
POTATO BOURSIN CASSEROLE
2 medium red skin potatoes, washed and cut in quarters A 4.4oz packet of Boursin Light cheese – I used the Garlic and Fine Herbs kind Drizzle of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 2 tbs of butter A splash of milk or buttermilk – Optional Salt and Freshly ground Pepper to taste Canola Oil Spray – for the casserole dish
In a medium saucepan, filled about ¼ of the way with salted water, boil the potatoes. I find that if the water reaches about half way the potatoes, they cook faster than if the potatoes are fully submerged in the water.
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
After the potatoes are done, drain most of the water and the same hot saucepan add the butter, olive oil, and milk/buttermilk if using. Mash the potatoes to combine the ingredients. Add the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Spray a glass casserole dish with canola oil spray and transfer the potato mixture. Smooth out the top and then rake the top using a fork to create indentations.
Bake in oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the top gets browned a bit.
You can definitely eat these mashed potatoes after you mix in the cheese… but putting it in the oven for a few minutes creates a nice crunchy topping which I loved. It all depends how much in a hurry or how hungry you are.