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We all have that one dish that we’re known for.
You know, the one you have to make EVERY single holiday.
It’s pretty much a given that that dish is yours and yours alone. Every year you make a bit more (because last year there wasn’t enough) and still…every single year you never make enough!
For me…that dish is mashed potatoes.
My mashed potatoes are not complicated.
They are simple.
The best dishes always are. 😉
They are not low calorie or low fat either.
These potatoes will stick to you like glue…but it will be worth it.
Now…I never really measure anything in this recipe. I make it to taste, and the amounts can vary each time.
This is pretty consistently my recipe for big gatherings though. When I make them for just the 4 of us, obviously all the ingredients are taken down to portions consistent with a family of 4.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this dish. It might have simple ingredients but it packs a big flavor punch.
Let me know if you try it!
Heather’s Famous Mashed Potatoes
- 5 lb bag of potatoes (I like russet) – peeled, washed, and sliced
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 stick of butter
- salt & pepper to taste
- milk (amount will vary)
- Boil your potatoes in a pot until they are soft
- Drain your potatoes
- While they are draining, throw your butter and cream cheese into the hot pot you just poured the potatoes out of and let it start to get melty as you drain the potatoes
- Put the drained potatoes back in the pot and season liberally with salt and pepper (you can always add more)
- Using a hand held mixer (I seriously swear by this. I’ve tried mashing, I’ve tried my Kitchen Aid…hand mixer is the way to go), mix up your potatoes incorporating the cream cheese and butter as you go.
- Now add milk slowly, a bit at a time until you get to a creamy (but not wet) consistency. This is usually between 2-4 tablespoons. The milk can make or break this dish! So add little bits at a time because you can always add more, but you can’t take any out.
- Taste your potatoes and see if they are flavored well, if not add more salt and/or pepper.
There you have it! Rich, creamy potatoes that everyone will rave over.
You can put this in a crockpot and set it to warm and it will do just fine on your countertop for quite awhile. It stores fairly well too (although I wouldn’t freeze it).
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