Sweeney Potatoes

From NY Times, basically a cheesey potato casserole. A more upscale variation on the hashbrown / cream of mushroom soup potato casserole. I tried it on Thanksgiving, it was good and worth making again. Important note: go heavy on the potatoes. It calls for 2-1/2 lbs of potatoes; I used 2lbs 10oz of potatoes PRIOR to peeling and they kind of drowned in the sauce, it really needed much more potatoes.

Ingredients

2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more butter for the pan
1 cup sour cream
to cup whole milk
Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Put potatoes in a large heavy-bottomed pot and cover with cold water. Set on stove over high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow potatoes to simmer until they have just started to soften, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Combine cream cheese, melted butter and sour cream in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add enough milk so that the mixture is creamy but not soupy. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Add potatoes to bowl and stir gently to combine.

3. Generously grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Tip half the potatoes into the dish and spread to the edges, then scatter half the grated cheese over the top. Add remaining potatoes and spread to the edges, then top with remaining cheese.

4. Bake until casserole is bubbling at the edges and cheese has melted across the top, 30 to 35 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley before serving, if you'd like.