Creamy Potatoes with Cheese and Tomatoes
Creamy Potatoes with Cheese and Tomatoes

This recipe for creamy potatoes with cheese and tomatoes is adapted from one we found in Sunset Magazine years ago, and is inspired by a classic dish in Colombian cooking—papas chorreadas.

Potatoes are boiled in salted water, then smothered in a sauce made with fresh tomatoes, onions, cream, and cheese. So good!

It’s like a cheesy, creamy, tomato-y pasta, except with potatoes instead of pasta. We’re also tossing in some oregano, cumin, and cilantro which work beautifully with the sauce.

Recipes and photos have been updated; first published 2005.

Ingredients

  • 8 to 12 (about 1 pound) small red-skinned new potatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 large green onions, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 2 large fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (fresh Mozzarella works well too!)

1 Boil the potatoes: Scrub the potatoes; do not peel. Place the potatoes in a large pan and cover with cold water and about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender when pierced. Drain. When cool enough to handle, cut large potatoes in halves or in quarters.

2 Make the sauce: Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and green onions and cook until wilted.

Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

Stir in the cream, cilantro, oregano, cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a simmer. While stirring, slowly add the cheese and cook until the cheese is melted.

3 Serve: Spoon the sauce over the potatoes to serve.

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