Thanksgiving Dinner: Mashed Potatoes

Friends, I meant for this post to be a bit longer, with more flourish, but unfortunately I’ve succumbed to a nasty fall cold leaving me stranded in bed with a fever and a foggy head.  Perhaps you’ll be happy, since my last post on not making a turkey was so long. Either way, this one’s a short one.

Mashed potatoes are a crowd pleaser and are super easy to make!  You can dress them up Julia Child style if you like and make them with garlic simmered in cream, or you can just throw in some butter and cream and call it good.  Here is a recipe that will make about 4 side servings, but is easily scalable for more!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes a la Julia Child

4 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 8 pieces
1 head of garlic, peeled (you can easily do this in ten seconds by using this technique)
1 cup of cream (light is fine though heavy will taste richer obviously)
2 Tbsp of butter

1. In a large sauce pot, cove the potatoes with cold water and set on high heat on the stove.  Cover and bring to a boil and cook until soft (this will take about half an hour, depending on the strength of your stove).

2. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pot simmer all the cloves in the cream for about fifteen minutes, or until they fall apart.  This will produce very sweet, delicious creamed garlic (that is not too strong, trust me).

3. When the potatoes are cooked through, strain in a colander and return to the large saucepan.  Pour in the creamed garlic and add the butter.  Mash either with a potato ricer by hand, or an electric mixer until your desired texture is achieved (I like mine with a few lumps so people know they’re “real!”)

Bon Appetit!

2 Comments to “Thanksgiving Dinner: Mashed Potatoes”

  1. Hope you get feel better soon. And don’t worry about the length of this post, or any of them, really. It’s a good thing to be able to say all that needs to be said about a dish in 500 words or less. A very good thing, indeed.

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