Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions

Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions

Creamy, cheesy and buttery Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions are the perfect accompaniment to chicken, ham or ribs. A great dish to serve a crowd.

Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions

For the first time in my life I live in a city where I wake up in the morning to see a snow covered porch. I think I’m almost as excited as my children to see snow outside our windows. Each morning my three little ones run to the window to peer through the blinds to see if snow had fallen while they slept. If it had, all three of them are immediately filled with excitement as they run in our room. Now I said I was almost as excited to see snow, because staying in my warm bed is just a little more appealing. But children can only contain their excitement for so long so up I am to help put on snow clothes so the kids can have a morning snowball fight. They’re just hoping that one of these mornings they’ll have enough snow to make a snowman. Oh, to be a kid again. Such energy and excitement, it’s wonderful.

The cold days make me in the mood for warm, comfort food or in general foods that require the oven cause there’s no better time to use your oven than when it’s freezing outside.  So yesterday, after the kids and I finished some Christmas crafts, I whipped up a batch of these Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions.

Now peeling and mashing 5 pounds of potatoes isn’t my favorite thing to do, but the result is totally worth it. Creamy, cheesy potatoes topped with crunchy fried onions – who could turn that down? I think potatoes are always better with cheese.

mashing potatoes

I use sharp cheddar cheese for this dish but if you only have medium that’ll work too. I’m just particularly fond of sharp cheddar cheese in cooking. Since it’s a stronger cheese you don’t need as much to get that rich cheesy flavor, plus it just tastes so good.

I also let the potatoes cool before mixing in the cheese. If you’re pressed for time you can skip this step and the dish will taste the same. Letting the potatoes cool prevents the cheese from melting and from turning the potatoes yellow. Instead you’re dish will have white potatoes with yellow ribbons swirling through, which is the way I prefer it. It’s just pretty that way.

cheddar cheese mixed into shallot potatoes

Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions before baking

Also, if you wish,  you can forgo the crispy, fried onions. My family likes them, it just adds another texture and flavor to the dish, but the potatoes are yummy without the onions too.

One last tip, it’s important to grate the shallot or very finally chop it. This way the shallot disappears in the potatoes. You’ll get another layer of flavor without even knowing it. This is particularly great if you’re making this dish for children. As a kid I loved shallot potatoes, but hated onions. One day I asked my mom why these potatoes were called shallot potatoes. Boy was I surprised! But since shallot potatoes are so yummy I had to get over it.

I actually didn’t start cooking until I was 20 and I rarely bought onions. Then one day I realized that I was being silly. Onions, shallots and garlic are all important ingredients. They add an essential flavor to many dishes and taste nothing like their raw form.

I hope you enjoy these Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions. These cheesy, buttery, creamy potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to chicken, ham or ribs, just to name a few. Enjoy!

Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions right out of the oven

Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions

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Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions
Creamy, cheesy and buttery Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions are the perfect accompaniment to chicken, ham or ribs. A great dish to serve a crowd.
Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions
Course Dinner, Holiday, Lunch
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Holiday, Lunch
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Shallot Potatoes with Fried Onions
Instructions
  1. Add potatoes to a large pot and fill with water to just covering the potatoes. Salt the water.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are soft and tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes. In the large pot heat butter, milk and cream cheese on low heat stirring occasionally until the butter is melted.
  4. Turn off heat and add the potatoes and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper, mash the potatoes. Taste to see if more seasoning is necessary.
  5. Preheat oven to 375.
  6. Grate in a shallot and mix the potatoes. While the potatoes cool, grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  7. After the potatoes cool, stir in 1 ½ cups of cheese and add the potatoes to the baking dish.
  8. Top with the remaining cheese and fried onions. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil and up the oven temperature to 400. Continue baking until the cheese bubbles and browns a bit, about 5-10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

If you’re pressed for time you don’t have to let the potatoes cool before adding the cheese. This step prevents the cheese from melting. If you skip the step the cheese will turn the potatoes yellow, but they’ll taste the same.

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