Peel potatoes and cut into 1/4-inch cubes; put in a large bowl and cover with water.
In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add shallots and garlic and stir until shallots are limp, about 1 minute.
Drain potatoes and add to pan, along with thyme and rosemary. Stir often until potatoes appear slightly translucent, about 8 minutes.
Add broth and stir often until potatoes are tender to bite and have absorbed most of the liquid, 12 to 15 minutes. Add cream and stir often until almost all is absorbed, 2 to 4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Prepare through step 3 up to 2 hours ahead; cover and let stand at room temperature. Reheat and continue.
This recipe is wonderful! So creamy and flavorful, liked by my whole family! You can easily lighten up the dish by using fat-free half and half, and even use red potatoes (lengthen the cooking time though!) Thankfully you can slice the potatoes and keep them in water ahead of time. Be sure to watch the skillet so the cream doesn't get that film on top. Absolutely delicious, and totally worth the work!
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