Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn't love mashed potatoes? My husband and I would basically be happy eating just mashed potatoes for dinner. These are the potatoes I make for Thanksgiving. They're absolutely loaded with heavy cream and butter so they're a once a year treat! I promise though that they're completely delicious and worth making.

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 t salt for cooking water
1 stick salted butter
1 1/2 C heavy cream
2 t salt

Place chopped potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and then simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well and then add the butter. Mash with a potato masher until butter is melted, then add cream and salt. Continue to mash until potatoes are as smooth as you want. At this point you can also whip out the hand mixer to make them smoother, but we like lumps in our mashed potatoes! If you go the hand mixer route, just be careful not to beat them too much or the starch will break down and become gluey. Ask how I know this.

Yield: about 10-15 servings

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