Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese (Purè di Patate al Parmigiano)
- 1 lb (500 g) boiling potatoes
- 4 Tbs (60 ml) butter, melted
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and white pepper to taste
- A grating of fresh nutmeg
Boil the unpeeled potatoes in enough salted water to cover. When the potatoes are easily penetrated with a fork, drain and cool just enough to handle. Peel the potatoes and press through a potato ricer or food mill. Combine the riced potatoes, butter, and milk in a pan and beat with a whisk or fork over low heat until the potatoes, butter, and milk are thoroughly combined. Add the Parmesan, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and continue to beat over low heat until the cheese is melted and thoroughly incorporated. Serve immediately, or hold at room temperature for up to 2 hours and reheat over low heat or in a microwave oven. Serves 4.