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Mashed potatoes are an easy side - quick to make if you have all the ingredients and even easier if you make it the night before. Say what?! Yes, you can totally make do ahead mashed potatoes with the following recipe. It's been a lifesaver for me on nights when I'm just not sure what to make for dinner. I suggest making it on the weekend, and serving it up for weeknight dinners. Here's the recipe:
9 medium potatoes (3 pounds)
¾ cup milk
½ cup whipping (heavy) cream
½ cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Here are a few extra tips:
For extra flavor, sprinkle 1 cup crushed herb-seasoned croutons or shredded Parmesan cheese over mashed potatoes. Or place purchased basil pesto in a resealable plastic bag, snip off a tiny corner and drizzle pesto over potatoes.
Love garlic? Peel and finely chop 1 or 2 cloves and add to the potatoes before mashing in step 3.
Use a handheld potato masher for the fluffiest mashed potatoes. If using an electric mixer, do not mix too long; over-mixing releases more starch from the potatoes and they can become gummy.
Moms, what other ingredients would you add to put a different spin on this recipe?