It happens every Thanksgiving. Your mashed potatoes are the easiest to make (aside from the canned cranberries) so they get prepared and finished up first. While it seems good that you’re ahead of the game, that also means that by the time you’re ready to serve the rest of your gorgeous four-course spread, the tots have gone stone cold.
Hard, cold mashed potatoes? Not exactly what you’re looking for in a holiday dinner.
Then what are your other options?
You can keep heating the potatoes as the rest of the meal cooks, but you run the risk of ruining the consistency of the potatoes; too much heat can dry them out or even cause them to be watery, in some cases.
No, the best methods to keep your potatoes warm are with these tricks from America’s Test Kitchen. They allows you to make your potatoes first and then keep them warm throughout the rest of the cooking – without ruining their texture in the slightest.
What is this black magic, you ask? Check out the brilliant cooking tips below and prepare to master the mashed potatoes.
How to Keep Your Mashed Potatoes Warm
1. Use a Slow Cooker
2. Double Boiler
For a more direct method, you can even heat the potatoes right in the microwave. Don’t do this too frequently, or they will dry out. Also, be careful not to over mix the potatoes, as this will cause them to get gluey.
3. Add Cream
Do you keep your mashed potatoes warm for the big meal in a different way? Share your Thanksgiving tricks in the comments section below.