Blue Cheese and Roasted Apple Mashed Potatoes.

I’m participating again this month in the Crazy Cooking Challenge!  This month’s challenge was to find the ultimate mashed potato recipe.  I’m really excited to see what everyone has come up with since mashed potatoes are such a staple item in many households.

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I was excited to find this recipe from Baked Bree, a blog with drool-inducing recipes and photos that I read fairly regularly.  As soon as I stumbled upon this one, I knew that it would be the winner.  While it may seem like an unusual mix of flavors, they complemented each other perfectly.  I loved the slight sweetness of the roasted apples and honey, and the sharp bite of the blue cheese.  I served it alongside porkchops, and it was a wonderful, hearty meal.

So don’t be afraid to try something different next time mashed potatoes end up on your menu.  You won’t be disappointed.  And make sure to check out the other entries at the end of this post for even more mashed potato goodness!

Blue Cheese and Roasted Apple Mashed Potatoes – slightly adapted from Baked Bree

  • 3 Lbs. Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • Generous drizzle of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2/3 Cup Milk
  • 1 8 oz. Package Cream Cheese
  • 5 oz. Blue Cheese
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Chives, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350.

Place the chopped apples in a piece of foil.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Wrap the foil around the apples, creating a packet.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until apples are soft.  When apples are done baking, leave the oven on.

While the apples are baking, boil the potatoes in a large pot of water.  Cook until a fork inserted into a potato comes out easily.  Drain the potatoes and transfer to a large bowl.  Add the apples to the bowl.

Add the butter and milk and mash well until the butter has melted.  Doing this step first will help to prevent your potatoes from becoming gummy.

Add the cream cheese, blue cheese (reserving a small handful for topping) and honey and mash until combined.  Stir in the chives.

Transfer potatoes to an oven safe dish.  Sprinkle with reserved blue cheese.  Bake until the potatoes get bubbly and the the top becomes golden brown.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional chives before serving.


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19 Responses to Blue Cheese and Roasted Apple Mashed Potatoes.

  1. Wow, LOVE the addition of the apples! This looks fabulous!

  2. Oh wow! I am truly in love with blue cheese. This sounds wonderful!!!

  3. Yum! I love bleu cheese and I love pairing contrasting flavors like this. Great choice; definitely pinning this one!

  4. Very interesting , different and delicious take on mashed potatoes, great CCC entry.

    If you haven’t already I’d love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. I love Bleu Cheese! Will have to try this one for sure!

  6. I love the way it looks after being baked!
    Great Choice for THE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE!!

  7. I love the different ingredients, and it is beautiful!

  8. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    What a fabulous recipe! I love Baked Bree’s site. I actually made her Chocolate Chip cookies for the Crazy Cooking Challenge last month. Fabulous recipes and this one is another winner! :)

  9. Wow, this looks amazing. I love all these ingredients. Thanks for coming by my blog!

  10. Blue Cheese, Apples and Potatoes, what a great combination! Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen
    #8

  11. These look delicious!!

  12. Hubby is a huge blue cheese fan, but he’s not a huge mashed potato fan – this might be just the thing to change his mind.

    I hope you’ll stop by and visit my CCC post for deep-fried mozzarella stuffed mashed potato balls.
    http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2011/11/mozzarella-and-mashed-potato-balls.html

    :)
    ButterYum

  13. This seems so unique and apple is so enticing, I think I should definitely try this idea!

  14. Ya know at first I was iffy about this combo, but you’re right… the sweetness from the apples probably contrasts the strong blue cheese well. Great CCC pick! I’m #71 :)

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/11/crazy-cooking-challenge-and-loaded.html

  15. Wow! Love this combination!! … and would have never thought of putting these flavors with mashed potatoes. As a beekeeper, also love that there’s honey in these. Pinning so I’ll definitely remember to try these! Thanks for sharing.
    Tracey (#42 in the Challenge)

  16. This is one tasty looking recipe. I love the pic with the cheese oozing just a bit out the side. Fantastic!
    Kim Bee
    #65

  17. Yummmy.. This looks amazing.. What a lovely recipe.. I have to try it sometime (maybe this thanksgiving).. I would LOVE if you could please link it to my thanksgiving {three weeks of thanks} party pweease – I’m officially following ya with smiles.. Via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful-for-food.html Wishing you an awesome start to your week.. ~M

  18. I made these yesterday, and they were awesome! Thanks so much for the great recipe.

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