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Chantilly Potatoes (VRP 036)

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Chantilly Potatoes elevate the classic mashed potatoes by incorporating whipped evaporated milk and melted cheese, creating a luxurious and comforting dish. This recipe is perfect for those looking to add a gourmet touch to their meals, offering a richer and more flavorful alternative to traditional side dishes.

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Chantilly Potatoes

Chantilly Potatoes

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Food History

The term “Chantilly” is often used in culinary terms to refer to cream that has been whipped and sweetened, commonly used in desserts. However, savory dishes like this one imply a light, airy texture achieved through whipping. This technique adds a sophisticated twist to ordinary mashed potatoes, making Chantilly Potatoes a favorite for special occasions and fine dining.

Recipe Discussion

The recipe starts with a base of creamy mashed potatoes seasoned simply with butter, salt, and pepper. The potatoes are then enriched with finely grated Cheddar cheese, adding a depth of flavor and a slightly gooey texture when melted. The key element that sets this dish apart is the whipped evaporated milk, which is folded into the seasoned potatoes, creating an exceptionally light and fluffy texture. A sprinkle of paprika adds a subtle warmth and color, enhancing the dish’s visual appeal. The potatoes are then baked until the top layer turns golden brown and bubbly, resulting in an irresistibly creamy and rich dish.

Serving Suggestions

Chantilly Potatoes are best served hot, straight from the oven, to fully enjoy their creamy texture and rich flavor. They pair beautifully with roasted meats such as beef, lamb, or chicken, making them versatile for holiday dinners or Sunday roasts. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs like chives or parsley for a pop of color and freshness.

Preparation Tips

  • Potato Consistency: For the smoothest texture, ensure the potatoes are well mashed or riced without lumps before adding the other ingredients.
  • Whipping Evaporated Milk: Chill the evaporated milk before whipping to achieve the best volume and stability.
  • Cheese Choice: Use a good quality Cheddar for the best flavor. You can experiment with other types of cheese like Gruyere or Parmesan for a different taste profile.
  • Baking Dish: Use a shallow dish to spread the potatoes evenly, allowing the top to brown nicely without overcooking the base.

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Chantilly Potatoes Recipe

Chantilly Potatoes
Yield: 4 servings

Chantilly Potatoes

Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mashed or riced potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup finely grated Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup undiluted evaporated milk, whipped

Instructions

  1. Season mashed potatoes with butter, salt and pepper and mound in small shallow baking dish or piepan.
  2. Fold remaining ingredients into whipped evaporated milk.
  3. Spread on potato mound and bake in moderate oven (375°F.) 20 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.

Chantilly Potatoes are a delightful twist on a beloved classic, offering a combination of creamy texture and deep, satisfying flavors. Whether you’re planning a festive meal or want to spice up a weekday dinner, this dish will surely impress with its elegance and taste.

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