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Easy, Cheesy Side Dish: Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Leeks

12:07 AM

It's National Potato Month, everyone! That is super exciting for me, because 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 from the Walmart produce section 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:

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  

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.

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

You can learn more about how to incorporate the creamy taste of Country Crock Spread in your next potato dish with this video at Walmart's website.  I can think of a dozen ways to make the traditional mashed potato a bit jazzier to suit your family's unique tastes.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Links to shopping sites may be referral links.

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