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Nov 17, 2008 03:18 AM

Does anyone have a great "over the top" recipe for mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving? Thanks

I would like to make something really special this year as we don't eat enough of the spuds (and will most definitely be at the gym the next day.

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  1. I can think of three ingredients that should impress anyone:

    1. Lobster.....Shrimp in a pinch
    2. Truffles
    3. Wasabi/Horseradish

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    1. re: fourunder

      Other than adding a head of roasted garlic, if you like garlic, I use the following:

      heavy cream
      sour cream

      and whip them to liquidy perfection.

      Yum. Almost as good as ice cream.

    2. My ex-BIL made the best mashed potatoes I have ever had and his secret was a positively obscene amount of butter -- like I think he used close to a whole stick when making them for 3 of us. Over the top in an understated kind of way, I admit, but you'll never taste anything better.

      1. When I'm doing a really "all the trimmings" holiday meal, a favorite way to do "mashed" potatoes is to boil them in salted water with the skins on (Idahos), then peel them and push them through a potato ricer, allowing them to form a tall cone shape. Then I drizzle a little melted butter on them like lava flowing from the top of a volcano. Not too much butter! The thing people enjoy about them, besides the attractive presentation, is that they have maximum potato flavor and drink up gravy well. It's a very old traditional French presentation. Cooks love it because it's so easy.

        1. Mashed potatoes are my absolute favorite thing to eat. Here is a recipe I have used for years with rave reviews

          Make enough mashed potatoes for number of guests, (however you prefer your mash)
          then add:

          I will assume 8 people but you can adjust the recipe for how many you are serving:

          2 8 oz pkges of cream cheese
          2 cups sour cream
          2-3 cloves minced garlic
          2 -3 shallots
          1/2 stick butter
          1 extra large egg
          1 8 oz cheddar cheese
          Mix all ingredients except cheddar cheese with the potatoes and pour in a casserole dish, top with cheddar cheese and bake at 325 for about 50 minutes.

          This is my favorite but I really like the idea of truffles and lobster as suggested in one of the posts!

          Mix together and put in a casserole dish

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          1. re: bertie

            bertie, that sounds like heaven.

          2. My husband makes wonderful mashed potatoes...Yukon golds, mashed by hand with sour cream and butter, salt and pepper and carmelized onions. They are to die for.

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