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Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a staple for many of us. Topped with butter and gravy, it’s a key comfort food. Mashed potatoes are almost never boring. But, … Well, sometimes you do want those mashed wonders but you want them different.

This recipe is defines that different and delicious. With one cup of goat cheese added, no butter is needed at all. The combination of caramelized onions with that goat cheese is wonderful when imbedded inside the mashed potatoes. This is an excellent side dish for a steak or pork roast for an early Sunday dinner.

How to caramelize those onions? There are many techniques. Look for one here tomorrow that is richly satisfying.

In the picture above, we’ve got these mashed potatoes topped with more caramelized onions and some pulled pork. It’s a one plate feast.

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup goat cheese
  • ½ cup caramelized onions


Place the potatoes and garlic cloves in a large, heavy saucepan and cover with cold water. Over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Lower the heat to medium, cover the pot, and cook the potatoes until they are just soft when tested with the tip of a knife, about 20 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, heat the butter and cream over medium heat in another saucepan. Reduce by one-fourth.

In a colander, strain the water from the potatoes and garlic. While still hot, pass them through a food mill or a ricer with the butter and cream. Add salt and pepper, fold in the goat cheese and onions, and serve warm.

Source: Texas Cowboy Kitchen by Grady Spears with June Naylor

Gorgonzola and Caramelized Onion Tart


cheese tart

Abigail Kirsch is renowned for her catering company, THE premier New York City event caterer. If you are ever fortunate enough to attend an event where she provides the food, then one thing is certain: you will be amazed at the richness and completeness of her recipes. They are visually stunning and then you tasted them and … You’ll want more and you’ll want to know how to create each dish.

Abigail shared some of her recipe treasures with us in her book The Bride & Grooms Menu Cookbook. This tart was inspired by that Bride & Groom trove. I was in a garlic mood and I had a half-filled bottle of white wine. So the garlic here and the wine are my additions to an already awesome recipe. Paired with a simple green salad, this tart is certainly a perfect meal for Sunday brunch or for dinner any time. The flavors here are intense, so a subtle white wine will be overmatched. Be bold!

Gorgonzola and Caramelized Onion Tart

Yield: serves 8

Ingredients for the Apple Cake:

  • 1 pre-made 9” savory pastry shell of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or 2 tablespoons pancetta fat
  • 2 large onions, chopped medium
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 4 ounces gorgonzola cheese, finely crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, washed, tough stems removed, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375˚F.

Heat the butter and oil (or reserved fat) in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, roasted garlic, salt, and sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is golden brown and caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the wine and deglaze the pan and continue to cook 5 minutes longer until all wine has evaporated. Cool slightly and evenly distribute in the bottom of the partially baked savory tart shell. valign=”top”>Whisk the eggs, cream, and Gorgonzola together in the bowl until thy mixture is well blended.

Pour the custard over the onion and bake the tart for 30 to 40 minutes, until a knife inserted in the corner comes out clean. Transfer the tart to a cooling rack for 10 minutes.

Inspired By: Bride and Groom Cookbook by Abigail Kirsch

cover of cookbook