Friday, November 29, 2013

Recipe....Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Let me start by saying it sucks to be asked to bring a dish that you have never prepared before to a Thanksgiving feast- talk about intimidating!  First of all, I have never had mashed potatoes as apart of Thanksgiving dinner so the concept took some getting used to for me.  Also, I try not to prepare a lot of starchy foods at home so I have never had a reason to make them for us, which is weird because I actually LOVE potatoes!  Any who, finding out we were tasked with bringing mashed potatoes forced me to try making a batch from scratch (I couldn't bare the thought of bringing boxed or store bought mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving).

Long story short.....I decided to share the recipe!  If you are looking for a quick and easy side dish, this one is a winner!

First, grab your simple ingredients (this recipe makes enough for around 24 servings)!

5 lb bag of russet potatoes
Large mixing bowl
Mashing tool
1 stick of butter
Garlic and herb seasoning
Carnation Fat-Free Cooking milk

Next, you will want to peel and cut your potatoes into large chunks and rinse them off.  

Third, boil a large pot of water and add salt.

Fourth, add the potato chunks and bring to a boil until the potatoes are tender.

Fifth, remove the potatoes from the heat and pour off the water.  Then add the boiled potatoes to the large mixing bowl. 

Sixth, you will want to add 1/2 stick of the butter and a little bit of the condensed milk and start to mashing with your mashing tool!  Continue to add more milk until you reach your desired consistency.  Since I made such a large serving, I added the other 1/2 stick of the butter.  During this step, you will also want to add salt, pepper, and garlic/herb seasoning to taste.  Continue mashing until you reach your desired consistency and flavor.

Last, remove the mashed potatoes from the mixing bowl and transfer to the serving container of your choice.  I put mine in an aluminum pan since we were transporting it to the Thanksgiving feast later.

These are the perfect chunky, homemade mashed potatoes and the consistency makes them perfect for loading up with your favorite toppings which I plan to do next time- Shredded cheese, chives, and bacon :)

 A few notes from the chef:

Since this was my first try at making homemade mashed potatoes, they came out pretty darn great but not perfect.  Here is what I would change for next time and tips for you should you attempt to make these on your own.

I would add a little more milk because mine turned out a little drier than I had hoped so I know for the future to add more milk to loosen them up.

Let me know if you make these and what you think!

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