Manchego Potatoes

Total Time:
30 min
10 min
20 min

8 servings

  • 4 pounds baby red-skinned or baby Yukon gold potatoes
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk or cream
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Manchego cheese, about 3/4 to 1 pound of cheese
  • Black pepper

Halve large potatoes, small ones can be left whole. Place potatoes in a deep pot, cover with water. Place a lid on potatoes and bring them up to a boil. Uncover, salt the water and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and add back to the hot pot. Add butter, milk or cream and cheese and smash the potatoes to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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    I love this recipe! I made it a few years ago, loved it, and looked for it again. So glad I found it. Just made it yesterday for a Christmas party and it was a hit with the entire family, including my picky children! Wish I would've thought to look at Sam's for the Manchego cheese, since it is pricy. Now I know. : And I will definitely make this again and again!
    This is absolutely my favorite recipe for mashed potatoes. I lost my recipe and was estatic when I found it on the web by just typing RR mashed potatoes and manchego. If you folks have a Trader Joe's, you can get Manchego at a reasonable price or maybe try the other Spanish cheese, Iberico. Yummy!
    These potatoes are an absolute HIT at my house! My teenage boys can't get enough of them! The cheese is expensive however, so we only make this at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that makes them even more special. (Sam's Club sells it for about 1/2 what our grocery store does. I always put in more cheese than is called for, but it's not necessary - we are just cheese lovers here. I'd never heard of "manchego cheese" before, but it's absolutely delicious. This recipe is one of my family's favorites, that is certain.
    I made this recipe for the first time for Thanksgiving 2009, for my family. It was fantastic!! I couldn't find my printed recipe this year (2010 and they want these potatoes again. I'm back printing it off one more time. This time I will make sure I know where I save it. Thanks Rachael!
    These potatoes were so easy to make and delicious to eat even without gravy... perfect starchy cheesy side dish!

    I used a mixture of cheddar and pepper jack... the BOMB!

    The best part was when I made thin patties the next day with the potatoes and fried them up to make potatoe pancakes.... my family loved them so much not one patty was left over.

    So make sure to double the recipe to ensure you have enough for potatoe pancakes the next day =0)
    The original recipe is great! but the manchego cheese can be a bit expensive, so I switched over to cheddar for a casual dinner! and they came out soooOOooo good....
    This recipe is so easy and sooo good! I made it once and paid about $18/lb for the manchego cheese and then I read the review that said costco had the cheese for much cheaper. I just found it at costco in Michigan for $8/lb! Its worth the money~trust me. Everyone should try this recipe. Plus, I used the leftovers for potato pancakes the next morning.
    The family raved about these potatoes! They loved the skin flecks and especially the CHEESE! I will definitely look at Costco, however, for manchego, as our local mega-mart charged $25 per pound - YIKES!

    omg i luv this recipe... i tried it last year for thanksgiving but used monterrey jack cheese instead of manchego. it still tasted great though. AND im doing it again this year!!!!! thanks rachael ray. by the way,,, i LUV UR SHOW!!!!
    There are 2 kinds of Manchego cheeses - aged and unaged. You want the UNAGED Manchego. The unaged is softer and will give you the nutty flavor. The aged is much sharper and more expensive. Substitutes you might try are Monterey Jack, Mozzarella or Oaxaca. Hope this helps.
    This is a great dish. If you live around NJ you can get Manchego cheese at Costco for $5.99 a pound.
    I paid 15.99 the first time at Shop Rite.
    My family and I love this recipe but I added a little bit of garlic and some bacon bits to this. I make this all year round and we never have leftovers! this will be the first year I am making Christmas dinner for my family and I hope they love them as much as we do!
    Forget about trying to hunt down expensive Manchego cheese - Pecorino Romano is a substitute for it. I added a hint of chipoltle chili as well - turned out fantastic! I think I also used more milk (and less cheese) than the recipe called for. Just use her quantities as a guideline - add ingredients to suite your tastes.
    This is the second Thanksgiving that I am making RR's manchageo potatoes...and it NEVER ceases to amaze me...NO LEFTOVER POTATOES!! Everyone loves this dish...and can't quite figure out why (it's the cheese!) Simple, asy to prepare and delicious..what more could you ask for??!!!
    The Bomb
    The potatoes were moist, with a refreshing but new exciting taste. Easy to prepair, and a dish that my guest were raving over...5 star pecipe
    I enjoyed every bite and i'm going to have them for Thanksgiving day every year. Ps:Priscilla Harris.
    I am not a cook at all... I cook maybe once a year and it involves a microwave. I was forced to "make" something for our family Thanksgiving and decided to try this. It turned out to be everyone's favorite dish!!
    These potatoes taste great - but they turn out like a block of cement! The manchego cheese isn't very strong and an expensive cheese.
    I made these potatoes for my family at Thanksgiving and everyone couldn't stop talking about them! The cheese is a little pricey but it makes for the perfect special occasion potato!
    I thought these were very tasty. I pared the recipe way down because I was only cooking for two, so I didn't have to spend a lot on the cheese like some did.

    Manchego is one of my favorite cheeses, so of course I loved it. My boyfriend was iffy about them because the flavor is so strong, but said they were good in the end. I'd make them again, but maybe use less cheese
    I tried this for friends.. although they liked it, these are not as good as they look. Its not about the price of the cheese, it's just not that impressive.
    These are delicious! We will definitly make them again
    I am always a little nervous to try a new cheese but this manchego is spectacular! It was all my husband and I could do to not eat it all before it went into the potatoes. Naturally, the potatoes were wonderful, too. These will be on our holiday table for years to come!
    I felt like the taste of these potatoes was just okay - not spectacular enough to justify the cost of the cheese. I used peeled Yukon golds, and added fresh parsley at the end to spruce it up a little.
    These potatoes looked so good on the show, but were not so good in reality. First off, let me say, Manchego cheese is EXPENSIVE, and not easy to find in the Northwest. We went to Safeway, Albertson's, Top Foods, Trader Joe's, and everywhere in between, and not a single store carries it. I finally found it at the Metropolitan Market, and about died when it was $20 a pound! Yes, that's right, $20! Foolish that I am, I went ahead and used it, not knowing what it tastes like to be able to find a suitable substitute, and YUCK! It is not nutty and yummy the way Rachel described it. It is sharp and tangy, and totally overwhelmed the delicious baby reds I smashed up for it. What a disaster!

    After Thanksgiving was over, and I had a huge mound of potatoes left untouched, I went out and bought 2 more pounds of baby reds, cooked and smashed them, and added some cream cheese and more milk, and folded the cheesy potatoes into them. This seemed to help tone down the sharpness of the Manchego. Hopefully people will eat them as leftovers. Maybe smothered in gravy they will be edible. Hopefully, because if not, I will be throwing out some horribly expensive baby reds. Never again!
    What a disappointment! This cost about $25 to make and you could barely taste any of the expensive, $15/lb manchego cheese! Nobody at the Thanksgiving table even commented on it...and I'm a culinary-trained individual. I would NEVER make this again.
    It's simply in the words of Rachel Ray "YUM!!!"
    This recipe is so good and so easy. The cheese is pricey though $7 a pound.
    These potatoes were very easy to make and tasty. The cheese gives them a different taste than normal mashers. I would make them again, but maybe not for Thanksgiving.
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