Potato Stir-In Ideas
More than nine out of ten Americans (91 percent) plan to eat potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner this year - 76 percent plan to eat mashed potatoes.
It's Thanksgiving. The kitchen is filled with laughter, friends and family are awaiting first dibs at a taste of the moist turkey, the smell of savory stuffing fills the air and everyone is longing for the mashed potatoes draped with gravy. No matter how you make them, there's no doubt that mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food and the quintessential Thanksgiving accompaniment.
While there's no right or wrong way to make mashed potatoes, here are tips from some food experts on how to prepare creamy, fluffy and buttery mashed potatoes.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Chive Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Now that you've got creamy, buttery and fluffy mashed potatoes, stir in a few special ingredients to give them a lot of added flavor with little effort. While these recipes were created in the National Potato Board's test kitchen to complement your Thanksgiving turkey, they can be served year-round with poultry, pork or beef.
Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
Combine 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and stir into 6 cups hot mashed potatoes (8 to 12 servings).
Sage Butter Mashed Potatoes:
Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage, 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic and a pinch of nutmeg. Cook for about a minute and stir into 6 cups hot mashed potatoes (8 to 12 servings).
Wild Mushroom & Sherry Mashed Potatoes:
Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet. Add 2 cups finely chopped shiitake or portobello mushrooms, 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic and a pinch of dried savory or tarragon. Cook 3 to 4 minutes and add 1 tablespoon dry sherry. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes and stir into 6 cups hot mashed potatoes (8 to 12 servings).
Tip: For added convenience, use refrigerated, frozen or dehydrated mashed potatoes. Prepare mashed potatoes as package directs and add stir-in of choice.
Turkey Tater Bowl
It's Not Thanksgiving Without Leftovers
Now that you've cooked this year's turkey to perfection - whether you basted all day, brined, or dared to deep fry - and prepared the perfect batch of creamy mashed potatoes, don't forget to save some for leftovers. After all, one of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers.
Maybe you're looking for lunch or dinner for yourself or family visiting for the holidays. Either way, you want something that's delicious and satisfying without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
Instead of the traditional turkey sandwich, whip up the "Turkey Tater Bowl," a hearty one-bowl meal that combines classic Thanksgiving dinner leftovers - turkey and mashed potatoes - with a few pantry staples.
Roasted turkey is served over a bowl of steaming mashed potatoes and covered with savory sautéed mushrooms and bell peppers in a rich, flavorful sauce. This dish is so delectable you'll want to make it year-round.
Get the recipe here.