Mashed Potatoes with Ricotta and Roasted Aromatics

February  1, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

These work well for when you want to serve mashed potatoes, but the main dish doesn't involve gravy. I use a bit of beef stock to boost the flavor, but a good chicken stock or vegetable stock will also do nicely. The roasted onions and garlic are actually rather mild, providing a nice compliment to the fresh ricotta. You can finish either with a small spoonful of crème fraiche or another dollop of ricotta. Enjoy!! ;o) —AntoniaJames

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound yellow or sweet onions
  • 8 cloves of garlic, crushed but not peeled
  • Olive oil and salt for roasting
  • 2 pounds large white or red potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade beef stock (substitute the best chicken stock you can find if you don’t have homemade beef stock)
  • 1/2 cup fresh ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraiche, or additional fresh ricotta
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put the peeled and quartered potatoes in a heavy saucepan with the beef stock and enough cold water to cover them by at least an inch. (Please see the note below, about the beef stock used for this recipe.) Make sure that the beef stock is well strained. Boil the potatoes until just tender.
  3. Cut the tops and bottoms off the onions, remove the outer layer, and slice horizontally into fat rings, about ½ inch thick. Don’t bother separating the inner rings, but don’t worry if they come out while you’re putting the onions on the pan. Put the onions on the pan, too. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the onions and garlic, then drizzle a bit of olive oil over all of it. Toss lightly.
  4. Roast for 10 minutes. Turn the onions and garlic over on the pan, moving any onions that are browning more quickly into the center.
  5. Roast for another five minutes, or until the onion is very soft and starting to turn a medium brown color on the edges, then remove from the oven. Using a small knife or your fingers, pull the the cooked garlic flesh from the skins, cutting off the hard ends if necessary. Don’t worry about getting it all.
  6. Process the onions and garlic in a food processor until they resemble a thin sauce.
  7. Add the ricotta and half-and-half and pulse a few times to incorporate. If the potatoes are not done cooking, remove the onion mixture from the food processor and put them in a covered bowl.
  8. When the potatoes are tender, drain them. (Save the cooking liquid for making bread.) Return the potatoes to the hot pan and cook for ten or 15 seconds, to dry the potatoes out.
  9. Mash by hand using whatever method you prefer. Add the roasted onion and ricotta mixture and stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste, heat very gently to combine the flavors for a minute or two, adding more stock if you need it. You could also add half-and-half, if you prefer.
  10. Stir in the crème fraiche or additional ricotta immediately before serving.
  11. Enjoy!!
  12. Here's a note about the beef stock. If you don't have decent homemade beef broth, use the best quality of chicken broth you can find. ;o)

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6 Reviews

HandRocksLadle April 4, 2011
Made this last night and will definitely be making again! What a great {and delicious} idea...ricotta in mashed potatoes. Mmmmm...
boulangere March 17, 2011
Wow! This looks amazing!
hardlikearmour March 17, 2011
I've stirred cream cheese into mashed potatoes, but never ricotta. Sounds delish especially with the aromatics added!
gingerroot December 27, 2010
I made these for Christmas dinner to go with spice rubbed roasted lamb -- AJ, these potatoes were delicious. You are so right, I did not miss the typical full of cream and butter mashed potatoes one bit! I will definitely be making these again in the future. Thanks for a lovely recipe.
Maria T. February 3, 2010
Cooking potatoes in meat stock!!! Now that's something I had never thought of. Next time I'll try this method. I also like how light you make the mashed potatoes! Brilliant recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
AntoniaJames February 3, 2010
Thank you!! Well, the beef broth comes from (a) a habit when I was younger and a devout "section eater" of always saving the potatoes in beef stew until last, then mashing them with whatever gravy was in the bowl and (b) an appreciation of really great beef broth, going back to when I was 25, newly married, living in NY and shopping at the Jefferson Market, where the kind butchers gave me any kind of bones that I wanted, for free, and plenty of friendly and helpful advice on how to use virtually every cut of meat they sold. I learned more about cooking from those guys than you would ever imagine. Fortunately, all these years later -- it's been 25 years since I moved to California -- I have similarly helpful and cheerful butchers within an even better grocery store. Beef broth is the easiest thing in the world to make, and one of the truly great base ingredients for so many things -- especially mashed potatoes!!