When I think of comfort food, mashed potatoes comes to mind. Warm, buttery mashed potatoes..Mmmm. Growing up, I don’t think my Dad ever made mashed potatoes without cheese – it was just not how it was done in our house. Once I got married and made mashed potatoes for my husband, he commented that he never had them with cheese. He liked them and though I offered to make them without, if he preferred me too, my wonderful husband said keep the cheese! Now, my girls have never been fond of my mashed potatoes and aren’t afraid to tell me so but they ate them anyway. One thing my husband doesn’t like is lumps in his mashed potatoes as I was used to using a potato masher. I now use an electric mixer to make sure they are lump free. What one does for love!
2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
2- 4 tablespoons butter
Up to 1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
4 slices American cheese, OR 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)