Monday, November 17, 2008

Turkey Day Troubles - Installment #3

Mashed Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Every Thanksgiving dinner table must have them because they are essential for pairing with that amazing turkey gravy. Just keep your eye on the other dinner guests to make sure they don't start constructing Devil's Tower out of this creamy creation. That could be scary!

Mashed Potatoes
Recipe Courtesy Emeril Lagasse

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 stick butter, cubed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and white pepper

Peel potatoes.

Place the potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and drain. Place the potatoes back in the pot and return to the heat. Stir the potatoes, constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes to dehydrate the potatoes.

Remove the potatoes from the heat. Add the butter.

Using a hand-held masher, mash the butter into the potatoes.

Add enough cream until desired smoothness is achieved.

Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.

This is the best mashed potato recipe I have ever made. The step where you dehydrate the potatoes is very important. It ensures that you don't have runny potatoes. The white pepper gives an amazing kick and the cream smooths them out to perfection.


Anonymous said...

Better than KFC!

Your sis,

Gabriela said...

But what about Bob Evans' trays of heat and serve mashed potatoes? Huh? Huh? Anyone? No?

DocChuck said...

Interesting idea on dehydrating the potatoes. Sure beats my method of adding a few "instant potatoes" to the real potatoes to thicken them when when needed.

Thanks for the idea.

MaryBeth said...

The best part of any mashed potato is the gravy.

Anonymous said...

Do you have a fail safe recipe for turkey gravy?