Mashed Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil; about 2 ounces)
1 cup (packed) grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces), divided
2 tablespoons olive oil

3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup half and half
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F. 

Place sun-dried tomatoes in small bowl. Pour enough hot water over to cover tomatoes; let stand until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain. Return tomatoes to bowl; stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan and oil. 

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. Return potatoes to pot. Stir over medium heat until excess moisture evaporates, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add milk, 3 tablespoons butter, salt, nutmeg and pepper to potatoes.  Mash until smooth.

Butter oval 9x6x3 baking dish (or 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish). Spread half of mashed potatoes in prepared dish. Sprinkle sun-dried tomato mixture over (I left 1/3 of dish without tomato mixture for Mr. W). Spread remaining mashed potatoes over.

Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Dot with remaining 1 tablespoon butter.  (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Bake potatoes uncovered until heated through and top is golden brown, about 35 minutes (or up to 45 minutes if refrigerated). Serve and enjoy!

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