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For us, mashed potatoes are the essence of the holidays. Whether you plan to cook the entire holiday meal yourself or bring a side dish to your in-laws, mashed potatoes will be a hit.
Here’s how to make your mashed potatoes irresistible this holiday season (and beyond).
For mashed potatoes, you’ll want a starchy potato like Russet or Yukon. These absorb flavors better and produce a creamier texture. For dinners, you should estimate about a ⅓ pound of uncooked potatoes per person.
Instead of boiling your potatoes in water, use a2 Milk® Whole. This adds an immediate creaminess to your potatoes and lightly flavors them as they cook. Watch your pot; you don’t want to bring your milk to a full boil but rather keep it on a high simmer.
When mashing, use a potato masher or stand mixer to release the steam trapped inside your potatoes.
You may see recipes that call for cream cheese, but that has A1 protein. Instead, add goat cheese (which is all A2 protein) for the creamiest mashed potatoes ever. The general rule is to add 8 oz of goat cheese to every five pounds of potatoes, but you can adjust this based on your preference.
You’ll want to add butter too. At least one stick (4 oz) per five pounds or try our a2 Milk® butter recipe here.
The most common seasonings are salt, pepper, and garlic (which are all fine and delicious). To step it up a notch, add some freshly roasted garlic, thyme, or rosemary.
Caramelized onion, we’d like you to meet mashed potatoes.
To successfully caramelize onions on a hectic day, we recommend setting up your crockpot the night before. Slice six yellow onions and toss them in your pot with a drizzle of olive oil and salt. Cook on low for 8-10 hours and wake up to perfectly caramelized onions to fold into your mashed potatoes.
For a vitamin A packed version of mashed potatoes, try making your Thanksgiving dish with sweet potatoes. We love to make these with rosemary and garlic or brown sugar and cinnamon.
We want your mashed potatoes to be irresistible this holiday season. Try out one or more of the tips above for a happy, mashed potato-filled family.
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