Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Do the mashed potato

This Thanksgiving will be the very first Thanksgiving that Alex and I ever spend together. For the last 5 years we've been splitting them up. Me in NH. Alex in MD. Since we got engaged though, we decided it was time to strike a compromise.

Thanksgiving is a big deal in Alex's house. His mom starts planning her menu months in advance. Since we go to NH for Easter because it's my favorite dinner at my house, it only made sense for him to get Thanksgiving. So sadly, I'll be missing dinner in NH with my family this year. To make up for it, I asked my mom to share with me all of her Thanksgiving recipes, so I could make some of them before heading to MD.

I started with mashed potatoes because they are my favorite food in the whole world. They are super easy and I don't know why I haven't tried to make them before. My mom's vocal hatred of potato peeling has always deterred me. These came out dangerously delicious! I might have to make them every night like my Nana used to!!

Mashed Potatoes (by my Mom)
Makes 3-4 Servings
  • 4 Idaho Potatoes
  • 3 Tbsps of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 2 tsp of Salt
  1. Fill a large sauce pan with water and a 1/4 tsp of salt; bring to a boil
  2. Peel and cube potatoes
  3. Drop into salted boiled water and boil for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender
  4. While potatoes are boiling, heat 1 cup of milk in a small sauce pan on the stove
  5. Drain water from potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl
  6. With a potato masher begin mashing potatoes
  7. In three additions, mashing well after each, add butter, hot milk, and remaining salt

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