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Easy, Cheesy Side Dish: Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Leeks

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I was born and raised in Nebraska, a meat-and-potatoes kind of state.  We had potatoes with near everything growing up, and I still love to set the table with a big pot of mashed (or "smashed" if I'm short on time) potatoes.

Red spuds are my fave, because I can leave the skins on for extra texture, flavor, and nutrients.  And since my newest love is the big, green leek, I just had to adapt my traditional mashed potato recipe to include these amazingly flavorful little guys.  Check out the monster side dish I whipped up for the family to enjoy at our next meal:

These tasty, cheesy mashed potatoes with leeks are simple to make and feature just a few ingredients!


To make the Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Leeks to serve 6 people, you'll need:
  • 6 medium red potatoes with skins on, cubed 
  • 1/2 cup Country Crock® Spread 
  • 1/2 cup milk (I prefer whole milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 
  • 1 pinch course ground black pepper 
  • 1 leek, sliced just to the green shoots
  • 1 cup mixed Colby Jack shredded cheese  

These tasty, cheesy mashed potatoes with leeks are simple to make and feature just a few ingredients!

These tasty, cheesy mashed potatoes with leeks are simple to make and feature just a few ingredients!



These tasty, cheesy mashed potatoes with leeks are simple to make and feature just a few ingredients!


Directions 1. Cover potatoes and leeks with water in 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. 2. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 15 minutes or until potatoes are very tender; drain. 3. Return potatoes to saucepan; mash. Add milk, salt and pepper. 4. Stir in Country Crock® for a creamy, buttery taste.

These tasty, cheesy mashed potatoes with leeks are simple to make and feature just a few ingredients!

Dish out the potatoes into a serving bowl and sprinkle liberally with the cheese.  Top with additional fresh sliced leeks for crunch and presentation.

These tasty, cheesy mashed potatoes with leeks are simple to make and feature just a few ingredients!

I can think of a dozen ways to make the traditional mashed potato a bit jazzier to suit your family's unique tastes.

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