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Cacio e Pepe Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup of grated pecorino romano cheese
- 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
- Salt to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Potato masher or electric mixer
- Large pot for boiling potatoes
- Small saucepan for heating milk and butter

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add the cubed potatoes and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted.
3. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or electric mixer until smooth.
4. Add the heated milk and butter mixture to the mashed potatoes and mix until well combined.
5. Add the grated pecorino romano cheese, grated parmesan cheese, and freshly ground black pepper to the mashed potatoes. Mix until well combined.
6. Taste the mashed potatoes and add salt to taste.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serving size:
4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories per serving: 300
Fat: 14g
Carbohydrates: 33g
Protein: 11g
Sodium: 400mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use any type of potato for this recipe, but Yukon Gold potatoes work particularly well.
- If you don't have pecorino romano cheese, you can use all parmesan cheese instead.
- If you don't have parmesan cheese, you can use all pecorino romano cheese instead.
- You can use any type of milk for this recipe, but whole milk or 2% milk work best.
- You can use any type of butter for this recipe, but unsalted butter is recommended.

- Add chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives, to the mashed potatoes for extra flavor.
- Add roasted garlic to the mashed potatoes for a more savory flavor.
- Add cooked bacon or pancetta to the mashed potatoes for a more indulgent dish.

Tips and tricks:
- Be sure to mash the potatoes well to avoid lumps in the mashed potatoes.
- Heat the milk and butter mixture before adding it to the mashed potatoes to prevent the mashed potatoes from becoming too cold.
- Use freshly grated cheese for the best flavor.

Storage instructions:
- Store leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat mashed potatoes in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the mashed potatoes in a large bowl or on individual plates.
- Garnish with additional grated cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

- Grated cheese
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives

- Cacio e Pepe Mashed Potatoes pair well with roasted chicken, grilled steak, or sautéed vegetables.

Suggested side dishes:
- Roasted vegetables
- Garlic bread
- Caesar salad

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the mashed potatoes are too thick, add more milk to thin them out.
- If the mashed potatoes are too thin, add more cheese to thicken them up.

Food safety advice:
- Be sure to cook the potatoes until they are tender to avoid any potential foodborne illness.

Food history:
- Cacio e Pepe is a classic Italian pasta dish that originated in Rome.

Flavor profiles:
- Creamy, cheesy, and peppery.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the mashed potatoes as a side dish or as a main course with a salad or vegetable.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Creamy, Savory, Cheesy, Peppery, Comforting