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Creamy cheesy mashed potatoes are the ultimate in comfort food and now it’s easier than ever to make mashed potatoes with the Instant Pot and a KitchenAid mixer. The recipe below shares exactly how to make amazing creamy mashed potatoes with cheese.
Gone are the days of endless mashing. The days of chunks in your potatoes are gone. Smooth and creamy mashed potatoes are here to stay. All thanks to the KitchenAid mixer.
Of course if you prefer chunks in your potatoes – like I sometimes do – the old fashioned mashing still works with this recipe.
Best Potatoes For Mashed Potatoes
This is really determined by personal preference. Many people will claim Yukon or Russet make the best mashed potatoes but I prefer the red potato.
Red potatoes are easy to peel once boiled and easy to slice and bake with a main dish. Additionally, due to their size you can boil them whole. I really prefer red potatoes for most of my potato dishes.
Mashed Potatoes With Skin
I prefer skin in my mashed potatoes but I understand this is a personal preference. Skins of potatoes have loads of antioxidants that are good for you.
However, if the texture really bothers you, simply cook the potatoes in the recipe than after draining the water run cold water off to the side and very carefully peel the skin away from the cooked potatoes.
The potatoes will be piping hot. I will sometimes quickly rinse the hot potato under the cold water to cool it down enough for my hands to handle. If you have a jar opener you can use that to hold the potato while you peel away the skin. Rinse your fingers often under the cold water to keep them cool.
Mashed Potatoes with Cheese
I’ve used almost every kind of popular shredded cheese in my mashed potatoes but my favorite is mozzarella. When done correctly you should be able to pull up on the mashed potatoes and get a beautiful stretch from the cheese. It’s a beautiful sight to see.
Mashed Potatoes With KitchenAid Mixer
The final step to getting the best creamy mashed potatoes is to mash them in your KitchenAid mixer. A hand mixer will work too but I like the set it and go of the kitchen aid mixer that allows me to check on my main dish.
After draining the potatoes you will put them into your kitchen aid mixer bowl with your butter and start the mix. You’ll add a splash of milk or two in your bowl and start the mixer off slow at first until all the ingredients are slightly mixed.
Setting up to a medium speed the potatoes, butter, and milk will cream together smoothly. It’s at this point that you’ll start adding your cheese to let it all melt together.
Instant Pot Creamy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
- 6-8 decent sized red potatoes
- ¼ Cup of Milk (Dairy or Plant based both work)
- 1 Stick of Butter (or ½ cup of Vegan butter; salted or unsalted is fine)
- 1 cup of Mozzarella Cheese
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Dried Chives
- Place the potatoes into the instant pot liner and fill with water till the water just covers the top potato. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal the steam valve. Set for high pressure for 15 minutes.
- After the instant pot has finished wait for at least a 5 minute countdown before quick releasing the steam. Be careful and keep your hands out of the way of the steam.
- Once the steam is completely released and the pressure sensor is all the way down carefully remove the lid. Drain the potatoes into a strainer.
- Based on your preference you can either peel the potatoes easily and carefully, make sure you are running cold water to cool off your fingers if needed. Or you can just put the potatoes with skin directly into your KitchenAid mixer with the whip attachment or mixing bowl.
- Slice your butter and add it to your potatoes, add your milk, and set the mixer to low speed and slowly add speed to your mixer until you reach a medium speed. Mix until smooth and add your cheese and seasoning to taste.
- Serve immediately. If you main meal isn’t quite ready or needs a few minutes simply cover with foil and place the bowl in a warm spot to keep it warm.
Easy Mashed Potatoes
These potatoes are a favorite for pretty much every holiday dinner, it’s also a favorite and easy side dish for regular weeknight dinners too. I find they pair well with an easy oven baked dish like chicken.
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