There are a lot of great holidays and celebrations that revolve around food. From Easter brunch to birthday cake, we partly look forward to these days because we know we’re going to eat something delicious.
Of all the holidays out there, at least in the U.S., Thanksgiving has to be the one that revolves the most around food. Besides watching the parade and football and getting a head start on our Black Friday shopping, what we do on Thanksgiving is spend time with our family and eat.
Thanksgiving dinner menus vary slightly from family to family, but there are certain dishes you’ll find on most tables throughout the country. Traditionally, there’s turkey, of course. Thanksgiving is nicknamed “Turkey Day,” after all. That’s the main course. Then there are side dishes like candied yams, stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes. For dessert, we love pecan pie and pumpkin pie.
While there are many ways to prepare these traditional Thanksgiving dishes, we’re always looking for the easiest and best recipes out there. If you’re going to spend time cooking this huge meal, it needs to taste amazing, and if there are recipes that can be prepared the day before, all the better!
When it comes to mashed potatoes, we think we’ve found the ultimate recipe for the creamiest, richest potatoes ever, and yes, you can prepare them the day before.
One item you might want to pick up if you don’t already have it is a potato ricer. This gadget is game-changing when it comes to potatoes. You don’t even have to peel them. The ricer will keep the peels out of the mashed potatoes (yay for saving time) and will help make the potatoes extra fluffy.
This is not a healthy recipe, but the flavor is worth it. We’re talking a very generous amount of salt, 2 sticks of butter and even a dash of heavy cream. There’s also garlic plus your favorite hearty herb, like rosemary, sage, bay leaf or thyme. We can already taste the rich flavor just writing about it.
The recipe itself is really easy to follow. While the potatoes boil, the cream simmers with the herbs. Then it’s time to rice the potatoes and gently stir everything together.
To watch the recipe come together one step at a time, watch the video below.
Will you be making these creamy mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?