Mashed potatoes is one sided dish that is a must at a holiday dinner. These Perfect Mashed Potatoes are smooth, creamy, fluffy and sure to earn a permanent spot on your holiday menu.
There are only two weeks left until Thanksgiving! If the past year is any indication, these two weeks will be flying by in no time.
Have you planned you holiday dinners yet? I noticed that there are two kind of families, for the most part. Those who have a traditional dinner menu set and have the same menu every year. Tradition is very important to them.
There are also those who try to mix it up and try new dishes every year. My family is actually a combination of both.
We do have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu that is pretty much set every year. Although, I do “break the law” from time to time and introduce a new side dish or dessert.
When it comes to Christmas dinner, I have a free reign and make what I want, which turns out to be something new every year.
Tips for the best mashed potatoes:
When cooking potatoes, start with cold water and add potatoes to cold water.
Leaving the skin on or taking it off is a personal preference. Potato skin does have a lot of nutrients in it so leaving them on is not a bad idea.
If you leave potato skins on, make sure to wash them well. Otherwise, peel potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes so they cook faster.
Cook potatoes with seasoning and herbs so that the flavors cook into the potatoes.
Remember to take out the bay leaf once potatoes are done.
Make sure to reserve some cooking water from cooking potatoes, don’t drain it all off completely.
Mash potatoes while it’s still hot.
Add liquid a little at a time, checking the thickness while mashing potatoes. If you add all liquid at the same time, you might add too much and mashed potatoes will be too runny.
Always taste as you cook (and mash) to check if more seasoning is needed.
Some more ides for Thanksgiving dinner:
The Perfect Mashed Potatoes
These Perfect Mashed Potatoes are smooth, creamy, fluffy and sure to earn a permanent spot on your holiday menu.
- 3 lbs Idaho potatoes peeled or not
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp dry dill weed
- Save the cooking water from potatoes
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tbsp sour cream
- Start with 1/4 cup of cooking water from above might have to add more
- Salt to taste
Start by peeling your potatoes and cutting them in about 1 inch chunks. Cutting the potatoes will make it faster to cook and easier to mash. (If you want to leave skin on, make sure to wash potatoes well.)
- Add the potatoes to the pot and add enough water to cover the potatoes comfortably.
Add the bay leaf, some salt, and dill weed. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and lower the heat to medium. Cook on medium heat until the potatoes are cooked all the way through and starting to fall apart.
Drain the potatoes and save some cooking water.
Place the potatoes back into the pot. Add butter, heavy cream, sour cream, about 1/4 cup of cooking water, and salt. Start mashing potatoes. When potatoes are mostly mashed and combined, see if you might need to add a little more water. If you do, add another 1/4 cup at a time until you reach a desired consistency. (You might only have to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup.)
- Mash it for a while until it's nicely smooth. Taste to see if you need to add more salt.
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If you’d like to spruce up your mashed potatoes and add more flavor, you can make them with peas and caramelized onions!
I love the flavor that caramelized onions add to the mashed potatoes.
To get a nice caramelization on the onions, preheat the pan on medium-high heat with some butter or oil. Add your diced onions and saute, stirring often, until the onions get that nice golden-brown color (and smell incredible).
You can also cook the peas in the water that you saved from mashed potatoes.
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