In preparation for Thanksgiving, I’m showcasing some of my favorite holiday recipes this month. Some of them are family recipes while others are my own creations but each of them always has a place on my dining room table. This fall I had the opportunity to be profiled by Albanian Living magazine as a part of their “traditional American Thanksgiving” article. All of the recipes I’m sharing were a part of that Thanksgiving table.
Mashed potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side dish and the ultimate comfort food. I like to kick mine up a notch by cooking whole garlic cloves with potatoes then mashing them into the puree. You can add more or less garlic depending upon your preferences.
Sour cream adds an added zip to the dish as well. If you are looking for another side dishes be sure to check out my Pancetta Braised Brussels Sprouts.
- Place the potatoes and the garlic cloves in a large saucepan. Cover the potatoes with water, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to simmer until the potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork, 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain. Place the potatoes through a potato ricer and return them to the pan. (Alternatively, return them to the pan and use a potatoe masher to make them smooth.
- Add the sour cream and butter and beat until well incorporated.
- Season with salt and pepper.