Mashed potatoes recipe

Recipes that will teach you how to make mashed potatoes and other potato meals..


Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed potatoes are an all time favorite for many people and when it is time for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner they must be on the table right there next to stuffed turkey and gravy. So if you are new at cooking and want to try your hands at some traditional Thanksgiving cooking – start with an easy one like this Thanksgiving mashed potatoes recipe to gain confidence and then move on to more complex ones. And you still have a few days to practice so there is no better time to start than now :).

And to help you with your Thanksgiving cooking career there will also be links to some other recipes that are a part of almost every Thanksgiving dinner at the end of this one. OK, now to the mashed potatoes recipe for beginners.

Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes Recipe
 
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 1lbs (1/2kg) of golden potatoes, cleaned up and peeled
  • 4 Tablespoons of fresh cream (heavy or non fat)
  • 2 Tablespoon of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk
  • ½ Teaspoon of salt to taste
  • ¼ Teaspoon of pepper (white or black)
  • Water
  • You will also need a manual potato smasher
Instructions
  1. Chop the peeled potatoes into cubes
  2. Place them in a saucepan and put water in it till the potato cubes are covered with water.
  3. Add some salt to taste and bring the water to boil. Then simmer and cover the saucepan and cook the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the cover and put a fork in one of the pieces of the potatoes and check if cooked and soft.
  5. Drain out the remaining water from the saucepan and let the potatoes sit for some while so that any remaining water evaporates.
  6. In a pan take the butter and melt it. Then add the cream to it and stir and mix with the butter.
  7. Once the cream and butter mix well, add this to the potatoes in the saucepan.
  8. Using a potato smasher, smash the potatoes into a fine paste.
  9. Add the milk, salt and pepper as per liking and blend in.
  10. Blend until the right consistency is achieved but not too gluey.
  11. Serve these fluffy and smooth mashed potatoes in a bowl with fresh or dried parsley.
Notes
To make garlic mashed potatoes you can add 2-3 cloves of garlic when the potatoes are boiling. Then mash them up with the potatoes. Dried parsley or coriander gives a great flavor to otherwise rustic tasting potatoes. When adding milk to the mashed potatoes, add warm milk to make a better blend. Cold milk can make potatoes gluey. Do not add too much milk, or else the consistency will become thin and you would have to add more potatoes. When you mash the potatoes when they are really hot and add warm milk to them and mash well, you can add less butter and make them more healthy.

Different varieties of potatoes

You can of course take this basic mashed potatoes recipe and add all sorts of things to make it better and different. You can add chives, garlic (here is a full recipe for garlic mashed potatoes), parsley, dried herbs, mushrooms or about anything which tastes well with them and you have a recipe of your own.

Maybe Thanksgiving dinner is not the best time to start experimenting so try the new version alone before making it for the “big” night. OK, so this is it when it comes to making Thanksgiving mashed potatoes.

As promised, here are a few more recipes that are quite simple to make and are a part of most of the traditional Thanksgiving dinners. Apart from the turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy you also want to offer:

  • some bread rolls which can be made using your leftover mashed potatoes,
  • another thing to do with potatoes and can be included in your thanksgiving dinner are different potato salads,
  • then there are the desserts and this is when various pies are usually served. Try these:
  • apple pie,
  • sweet potato pie.

And most of all – enjoy your time with your family – Happy Thanksgiving!






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Roasted Garlic Scalloped Potato Recipe

Roasted Garlic Scalloped Potato Recipe
 
Serves: 8
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A great recipe for a holiday celebration! This roasted garlic and scalloped potato dish is a delectable meal for every holiday or even for every typical evening in your home. This has an amazing twist of garlic roasted to the brim and Cheddar cheese liquefied to perfection; the ever-delicious, ever-tasty potatoes were perfectly baked and layered and topped with cheese. The roasted garlic gave the dish its strong, bold flavor; while the cheese gave it its rich creamy blend; and of course, the potatoes gave this recipe its exquisite satisfaction! Try this and you’ll surely love its blend of unique flavors in one delectable meal!
Ingredients
  • 1 canned creamy potato with roasted garlic soup (19 oz)
  • ½ cup heavy cream (120 g)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (1 g)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (2 g)
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided (280 g)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit or 175° Celsius
  2. In a blender, mix in the soup, cream, thyme, and pepper; process until smooth and even. Spread a thin layer of the mixture on the bottom of a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
  3. Layer potatoes with cheese ending with potatoes and reserving ½ cup cheese.
  4. Pour the soup mixture over the potatoes and sprinkle with the reserved cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for 70 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 

White cheddar cheese

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Home Styled Scalloped Potato Recipe

 

Home Styled Scalloped Potato Recipe
 
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This recipe is easy and quick but despite the ease, it still ends up into a very mouth watering dish. It has ingredients which are handy and reachable. In making a good scalloped potato, the creamy sauce is the highlight of the dish aside from the starchy potatoes, and so it is important to make a sauce that’s creamy, thick and plenty. This recipe has it all- a creamy, thick sauce that’s made with a lot of milk, butter and flour, starchy potatoes which are nicely sliced and a good blend of seasonings. You couldn’t ask for more with its delish and rich taste. Try these few quick steps and serve home-styled scalloped potatoes as a yummy dessert. Now here’s how to make it.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion (113 g)
  • 5 tablespoons butter or margarine (75 g)
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour (75 g)
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt (6.25 g)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper (2.5 g)
  • 5 cups milk (1,200 ml)
  • 6 cups thinly sliced potatoes (1,050 g)
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and sauté onion until tender.
  2. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended. Gradually add milk, and then bring to a boil, constantly stirring for 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  3. Place half of the potatoes in a greased 3 quart baking dish. Pour half of the sauce over potatoes. Make another layer with the remaining potatoes and sauce.
  4. Bake the potatoes, uncovered, at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60-70 minutes or until tender and top is lightly browned.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Russet potato with sprouts. Sliced (left) and ...

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Shrimp and Scalloped Potato Recipe

 

Shrimp and Scalloped Potato Recipe
 
Serves: 4
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The word shrimp comes from the Middle English word “shrimpe” which means ‘pygmy’ or a reference to the crustacean itself. Shrimp is not only highly nutritious; it is the most popular shellfish in the United States as well. It is a popular ingredient in appetizers, salads, chowders, and of course, as a main dish. Its firm, translucent flesh of raw shrimp is low in calories and saturated fat that makes it a really healthier alternative to meat proteins. An amazing twist of seafood and scalloped potatoes together is here! This shrimp and scalloped potato recipe is incredulously alluring because of the fresh sea food aroma it gives off. This would be a total hit to your family because of its unique blend of ingredients; with its exquisite healthy shrimps, tasty potatoes, and spinach blended together it creates a wonderful piece of recipe you’ll surely keep!
Ingredients
  • 1 package scalloped potatoes (4.9 oz)
  • 2¼ cups water (285 ml)
  • ⅓ cup 2% milk (75 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning (2 g)
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined cooked medium shrimp (450 g)
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped (90 g)
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large deep skillet, pour in the potatoes, sauce mix, water, and milk; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; cover with a tight-fitting lid and boil for 8-10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender enough to prick with a fork. Stir constantly.
  3. Add the shrimp, seafood seasoning, and spinach. Cook and stir continuously until spinach is wilted. Mix in cheese until liquefied.
  4. In a 9x13 inch baking dish, polish with butter and transfer the shrimp and potato mixture in the dish. Top with more cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven until cheese melts and the top is browned.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy the seafood goodness!

A steamed tail-on shrimp.

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Baked Mashed Potato Spanish Omelet Recipe

Here we have a recipe that is both enjoyable to make, eat and its also forgiving for those who are on a tight budget. On a scale of 1-5 this recipe is a 2 in degree of difficulty so it may be just challenging enough for the beginning cook to make this fun to prepare. This particular version is quite popular in the west and southwest because of its Mexican and Spanish influences. The bell peppers especially help to give that Hispanic flavor and feel. A delightful meal, it can either be made for lunch or dinner as well as for brunch or breakfast. (more…)


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Leftover Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

This recipe for a leftover mashed potato casserole is great to use when you have a bunch of leftover mashed potatoes that you do not know that to do with. Unlike other recipes, this one utilizes ingredients that you already have. It is a delightful recipe that any dinner guest will enjoy. You will find that it is especially useful after the holidays when you have more leftovers then you know what to do with. Besides that, the best part about it is that it is really simple to make. (more…)


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Mashed Potato Patties With Parmesan Recipe

Mashed potato patties with Parmesan makes a perfect dish that can be served an the entrée or as a side dish if you make a smaller recipe than what is called for. You could even put these on a sandwich or use them a topping for bread. The possibilities for this dish are endless and they are so desirable because they are so easy to make. This dish has become a favorite among souther cooks because the combination of flavors in a mashed potato patty remind so many people of food their mother and grandmother used to make. This is the ultimate comfort food. This recipe is also extremely easy and can be made very quickly with just a few ingredients. (more…)


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Mashed Potato Pancake Recipe

Making mashed potato pancakes is extremely easy. In fact, it is so easy that it is a great recipe for you to make with young children or for a quick breakfast or dinner meal. Since the pancakes include potatoes they are full of good healthy ingredients that are sure to fill your family while keeping them lean and healthy. Mashed potato pancakes are the perfect treat for a cold snowy day or a wet rainy day. They are a classic souther treat but are becoming increasingly popular up north and out west and the word has begun to travel about the delicacy that exists in a mashed potato pancake. (more…)


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Maine Potato Candy – Simple, Sweet, and Decadent

Also called Needhams, Maine Potato Candy is a common Christmas time tradition in the Northeast US. Part of the appeal of this holiday treat is the simplicity of its creation. The inner mix has a sweet coconut flavor that when solidified is dipped in a rich dark chocolate coating. Though called potato candy, the potato flavor does not permeate through, making this a unique and tasty method of using up leftover potatoes. Often given as gifts, this candy contains no peanuts or other nuts, making it ideal for friends and family who are unable to eat these foods. (more…)


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Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole Recipe

Almost every Thanksgiving table is filled with more food than family and guests can eat at one meal. It’s easy to get carried away when cooking for a gathering on Thanksgiving Day. Once you clear the table and fill your refrigerator with a multitude of small bowls of leftover turkey, stuffing, an assortment of vegetables, and possibly even some fruit, you need to find a way to use up all of those items. A leftover casserole is the solution. It allows you to clear out the refrigerator with one simple dish. (more…)


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