Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The Best Baked Cheesy Mash Ever!





Mashed potato is is a side dish that is pretty ordinary,  it  fills you up, but I tend to feel its pretty uninspiring, so use additions to liven up our midweek meals. 

My love of cheese comes into play with this recipe which started out as just mash in a baking dish with mature Cheddar cheese on the top, then I just got a bit carried away!

Leftover Parmesan, was added one evening to the topping to increase the cheese flavour, then some bread past its best to give a crunchier topping. No real surprise here its a well known addition and is often just grilled. My love of using up leftovers often transforms mine and others recipes and become a regular bake or make.

This variation is good, but I still felt it was just mash with a nice topping.

So I decided it would taste really good with more cheese,  if you are being extra healthy you may want to look away.


I wanted it to ooze with cheese, but not be drowned by the flavour,  be gloriously melty and tasty at the same time. It worked, the mozzarella does not take away from the potato taste too much. It creates wonderful ribbons of cheesy mash.

I feel the dish is at its best, now a  requested side dish by the family, this request is the top achievement for me as Mum.

I also want to add that mashing potatoes is a bore so when OXO asked me if I wanted to trial one of their gadgets, I asked for a potato ricer. Just as I  hoped for quicker and easier mashing of potatoes.

But now I see why the chefs all use them and this one does more than deal with spuds!!


 I received the OXO 3 in 1 adjustable potato ricer, I have to admit its huge and will not be fitting in your usual kitchen drawer. But after a few uses, we are so happy with it, its not a negative at all. 

It deals with potatoes easily, no scratching of your best pans, it has a handy lip on the side so you can rest it on a bowl or pan.

What is pretty cool, is it is a 3 in 1 ricer, not just for what has to be the smoothest mash we have had at home so far, but it has 3 three settings, easily changed by turning the dial, no need to search for the discs, they are all part of the ricer as you maybe can see above.


The fine setting is perfect for fluffy mashed potatoes, which appear almost like grated cheese, then can be smoothed and used as they are or in any dish.
 The potato just goes through so easily, its comfortable to hold, the handle is as with all OXO gadgets a good grip!

This setting is great for swede, parsnips, carrots, turnips, gnocchi etc. It is a bit harder work with swede but easier than mashing normally.

 I imagine it would be great for making guacamole.

  The medium setting is good for pressing water out of cooked greens and the coarse setting is perfect for chunky apple sauce, egg salad and pressing tomatoes for salsa and sauces.  

I can also see this would be of benefit when I used to puree my own baby food. 

It all comes apart for cleaning, oh plus  a little yippee as its dishwasher proof.

RRP is £30 but I have spotted it cheaper on Amazon.

Back to my cheesy baked mash.

Ingredients

Potatoes enough for your family. (5 in my case)
Salt if you use it, I don't
2 whole mozzarella balls sliced thickly.
Two slices of bread.
About 75g Parmesan
100g of Mature cheddar grated.

Method

Cook the potatoes in boiling water adding salt if you use it until tender, drain and then rice or mash in the ban or a bowl.
While cooking preheat the oven to  Fan 160/ 180 C or Gas mark 4. Grate the Cheddar and crumb your chosen bread, mix in a bowl with the Parmesan and set aside.


Add a layer of mash into a baking dish, add more potato then a layer of mozzarella.

Cover with remaining mash.

Top with the breadcrumb, Parmesan and grated cheese mixture. Then bake in the oven for 30- 40 minutes.

Serve immediately while the mozzarella is still gooey!




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163 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to make your baked cheesy mash x

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  2. I would make some tuna fish cakes!

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  3. I loved your recipe and will use it next time I make their favourite Fish Pie !!

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  4. Mashed potato for cottage pie

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  5. I would make sweet potato mash

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  6. Shepherds Pie with Mashed Potato and Swede on top

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  7. I WOULD MAKE SOME LOVELY BREADED CHEESE AND ONION POTATO CAKES

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  8. I would make my favuourite cheesey leek mash :D

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  9. I would make a pie with creamy garlic mash and peas :)

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  10. Oh my word, this looks absolutely gorgeous! I could just wrench it from the screen and dive right in and wallow in it!

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  11. Tun fish cakes.

    Rachel Craig

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  12. I would use it to make a nice mash to have with corned beef for the kids!

    Ashleigh

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  13. id make shephards pie with the best mash ever on top1 X

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  14. I would make our favourite cheese and potato pie. I love the look of your recipe Jo, and I will definitely be trying it. To liven up potatoes I would say add a little bit of curry powder or similar.

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  15. Your recipe sounds fabulous - I shall be trying it tonight!!

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  16. i would maybe make a cottage pie

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  17. I'd make shepherds pie - the kids fave!

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  18. Commented on http://www.giventodistractingothers.co.uk/2013/08/pulled-brisket-chilli-slow-cooker.html#comment-form

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  19. Carrot and parsnip mash would be great, also help with purées I would think, the cheesy mash looks fantastic! Will definitely be giving this recipe a go. I love oxo products especially my egg slicer!

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  20. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, if I won this I'd use it to make a cottage pie.

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  21. I would make some nice cod fish cakes.

    KATHY D

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  22. Crab cakes - I've always wanted to try making them!

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  23. I've always wanted a ricer - your cheesy mash looks fab!

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  24. I add dried chives to cheesy mashed potatoes too for an oniony hit! :)

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  25. a fish pie and cheesy mash looks very yummy

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  26. I would make home made hash browns

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  27. i would defiantly try the cheesy mash that you have done as it sounds and looks so delicious

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  28. Shepherd's Pie

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  29. I would try making your cheesy mash as it looks yummy!

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  30. That cheesy mash looks amazing! I would have cheese on pretty much everything if I could! x

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  31. I always add a bit of onion salt to my potatos! Tastes good.

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  32. I would make a cottage pie with sweet potatoes

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  33. I love a good cottage pie with loads of peas

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  34. Cheesy mash on the top of a fish pie

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  35. PIE SMASH POTATOE

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  36. In our family this is simply known as 'Nanny's cheese potato' and it is divine. Nan always layers tomatoes on top with the cheese which adds another nice dimension. I just love comfort foods with rich flavours and so I like to add some crispy bacon (bacon and cheese are a match made in heaven!) I would definitely use the ricer for 'Nanny's cheese potato".

    LEAH SULLIVAN

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  37. i partner would love this fingers crossed xx

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  38. The cheesy mash looks amazing and quite posh.

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  39. The topping for a fish pie - might put some minced garlic in and some breadcrumbs on the top.

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  40. Cheesy mash is the food of kings.

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  41. I've been making wild garlic mash lately and it's bloody gorgeous! A few chopped leaves stirred through buttery mash - yum!

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  42. I would make colcannon, also try adding tomato puree to daupinoise potatoes, delicious

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  43. I would ask my mum to liven up the potatoes (:

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  44. I'd use it to top a cottage pie & would mix it with riced sweet potatos for variety

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  45. I wouldn't mind trying it with the OXO Ricer it looks a handy little gadget to have in the kitchen!

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  46. l've seen them demonstrated on tv and would love to give it a try

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  47. fab reciepe id make a potato and cheese pie

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  48. i'd make a shepherds pie with your lovely cheesy mash with mozzarella :) mmmm

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  49. Any form of mashed potato is fantastic

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  50. Would definitely be trying your recipe only with salt x

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  51. I'd use it to make Lancashire Hotpot xx

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  52. I love mash and need to try this cheesy mash! Looks amazing!

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  53. The cheesy mash looks and sounds lush

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  54. I like a bit of mustard in my mash.

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  55. sweet potatoe mash with a hint of horsereaddish. yummy!

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  56. Best mash I ever had was at a small restaurant, not a posh one, served up black pudding mash! Tasty! (Just small pieces of black pudding in the creamy mashed potato)

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  57. Fish cakes with smoked mackerel :)

    Anthony G

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  58. That looks delicious! I love to jazz up potatoes with a dollop of sour cream or greek yoghurt - it pretty much works in any potato recipe! Instant yum :)

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  59. Love mash, love carrot and neep mash, so would have to try it out on that first maybe.

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  60. Tracey Parker2 May 2015 at 18:48

    For a change I do a mixture of normal potatoes and sweet potato. I also add in grated parmesan

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  61. I'd love to top a fish pie with this mash!

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  62. Love cheesy mash. Would use this as a shepherds pie topping

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  63. Baked cheesy mash, comfort food at its best.

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  64. I'd mash up some potato, add flour and egg and make some gnocchi! Delicious and so cheap.

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  65. Mash potato is my favourite food, even in the summer so would be making lots of this. Good to freeze too :)

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  66. I would make cheesy mash..... with no more lumps!!

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  67. This looks like the most amazing mash! Will definitely be trying it!

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  68. i'd make a yummy cottage pie :)

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  69. My mouth is watering looking at your bangers and mash! I will be trying cheesy mash soon! I would use this ricer to make a much better mash for the top of my fishpie!

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  70. Creamy mash to go with a nice steak pie

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  71. Scientific Mashed Potato

    On leaving home for the first time I was keen to speed up the time taken to make mashed potato, it was better tasting and healthier than the instant mashed potato of the time, but took too long. I decided to graph the length of time that different sizes of raw potato took to cook; as the surface area of the potato was increased the smaller the pieces of potato were, and this should lead to faster cooking times. A faster cooking time would mean that more flavour would be kept. I found that the ideal size of raw potato was one cubic centimetre, any bigger and the potato would take longer to cook, any smaller and the potato would break up, and taste of water. Professional chefs in the UK have done taste tests, and found that this is the best way of boiling potatoes.

    Next came a taste test to see if adding water to the potato pan would make any difference to the final result. I found it unlikely that any salt in the water would penetrate a raw potato because they are so hard. And I was proven right. Why waste salt?





    What you add to the mashed potato to taste is a matter of preference, but the science has been done.

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  72. shepherds pie with cheesy mash x

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  73. How handy would this be?! xx

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  74. I would make cheesy mash potato with chives

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  75. I'd make this cheesy mash!

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  76. I love to add a spoonful of garlic granules and loads of butter and black pepper to my mash! x

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  77. I think my husband would love this recipe. I'd use the ricer for mashed sweet potatoes.

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  78. I would use this to make sweet potatoes!

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  79. I would use it to make cheesy garlic mash to top a shepherds pie

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  80. i would love to try the cheese mash :)

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  81. we keep meaning to get one of these for making our mash with. Looks great!

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  82. This mash looks delicious - have always wanted a ricer but felt that the potato might cool down too much when ricing?

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  83. I'd make some hash browns. Looking forward to trying your recipe - the melted cheese adds that lovely gooey richness.

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  84. I would use it to make fishcakes

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  85. I would certainly use this for mashed potato, it looks so simple to use

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  86. mashed potatoes and other root veg to make croquettes

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  87. id love to do cheesy mash, its my daughters favourite food at the moment!

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  88. Just mash potatoes my kids are always complaining that my mash is lumpy !

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  89. Loving the sound of the cheesy baked mash...I will definitely be trying it out

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  90. I love this recipe! I'm going to give it a try =)

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  91. The cheesy mash looks great and I would make a Shepherd's Pie

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  92. Cheesey Mash for cottage pie

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  93. the cheesy mash looks great but I may add a couple of sliced boiled eggs to mine

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  94. I would make perfect mash potato! Yummy!

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  95. Corned beef hash. my grandmonsters love it

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  96. This recipe looks delicious, I would definitely try it (or hubby to, as he is the king of mash)

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  97. I would use it to make fish cakes. I'm definitely going to have a go at your recipe. I'm not a big fan of mash, but I love cheese. So this would make it more exciting

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  98. I give my spuds a kick with some Cajun spices (very nice if sauteéing)

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  99. I'd make a corned beef hash

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  100. I would make some very cheesy mash for the top of a shepherd's pie! EJ Dunn

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  101. I'd make a shepherd's pie :) x

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  102. I would make cauliflower rice as a base to a vegetable curry.

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  103. Dominique Ralf26 May 2015 at 23:08

    I would love to make champ with the ricer. Soft fluffy mash, with lashings of butter and spring onions.

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  104. I love your cheesy mash recipe (I put onion in mine too!) - I think the ricer would be great for this

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  105. Mashed potatoes (especially cheesy) is a firm favourite in this house so anything to make the mashing process a little easier would be great

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  106. shepherds pie topped with the cheesy mash yum!

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  107. bugger I missed this and it's something I really want, I wanna make gnocchi

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  108. Cheesy mash for cottage pie

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  109. I love the sound of cheesy mash sounds perfect for my boys

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  110. Potato and Rice and Butter Beans turns me on

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  111. Oooh, I love the inexpensive and filling dish of cheesy mash with leftover vegetables so the ricer would be perfect for that.
    My tip is to substitute sweet potatoes for white potatoes if you're in a hurry as they cook faster and have a very pleasant flavour.

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  112. I'd make a vegetarian pie with parsley mash on top.

    @polly58

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  113. I've always wanted a potato ricer as my mash is always lumpy ;(

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  114. beverley whitby29 May 2015 at 13:05

    shepherds pie with cheesy mash yum x

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  115. Mashed potato for a vegetable shepherds pie

    trevor linvell

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  116. I'd use it for the mash on sheperd's pie :)

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  117. I'd make some mash - I saw a recipe from Tom Kerridge once that used equal parts potato, cream and butter! Calorific but probably delicious :)

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  118. Potato and Celeriac mash with Garlic butter

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  119. I'd definitely try making gnocchi!

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  120. I love mash and would use it to make my fave garlic and herb mash

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  121. I love the look of this, you can't beat cheesy mashed potato and this looks another level!

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  122. I would make your recipe and then put some sliced tomato on top before baking.

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  123. A good old-fashioned cottage pie (made with shallots rather than onions) with a very, very cheesy topping. My dad's favourite!

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  124. A good old-fashioned cottage pie (made with shallots rather than onions) with a very, very cheesy topping. My dad's favourite!

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  125. that mash looks amazing - I have a bit of an issue with lumpy food but I think this would make mash I could eat

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  126. I would use it to top my chicken & bacon potato pie x

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  127. not sure what to start with, too many choices

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  128. Nice recipe, thank's for sharing! I'd love to make it for my family! Wish you lot's of inspiration!
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