The temperatures in Chicago have dropped to single digits which means my comfort food cravings have drastically increased. It’s the perfect day for a rich, velvety bowl of mashed potatoes. Unlike your average mashed potatoes this recipe has a generous portion of creamy goat cheese, garlic and half and half mixed into the potatoes and is finished off with caramelized onions, both folded into the potatoes and piled on top. It’s the perfect side dish to a nice piece of meat to really give yourself a proper meat and potatoes Midwest Winter meal! If you have a ricer I would encourage you to use this as it gives you the perfect silky texture; however a hand mixer will work in a pinch.

Mashed Potatoes topped with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided use
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 3 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (roughly 6-8 potatoes)
  • 1½ cups half and half
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • Black Pepper and Salt
  1. To make the caramelized onions, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and stir them to coat with the butter. Add ¼ teaspoon salt and the sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 30-40 minutes. If the onions get too dry, add a small amount of water to deglaze the pan. Set aside.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, heat the half and half, garlic, bay leaf, and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Drain the potatoes and return them to the hot, dry pot. Stir them over low heat for 2 minutes until they are dry. Pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl (or use a hand mixer).
  5. Gently stir in the hot cream mixture a little at a time until the potatoes are smooth and creamy (discard the garlic and bay leaf). You may not need to use all of the liquid.
  6. Set aside a small amount of the caramelized onions for garnish and stir the remaining onions into the mashed potatoes. Crumble the goat cheese into the potatoes and stir to combine well. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Spoon the mashed potatoes into a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining caramelized onions. Serve hot.