This recipe (Barefoot Contessa at Home) is further proof that I can’t follow a recipe for mashed potatoes. I think maybe it’s a little like learning to drive or play a musical instrument: one can’t follow written instructions alone to learn this craft. It should be noted that I’ve made plenty of batches of perfectly decent mashed potatoes, but never from a recipe, whether with ricer, food processor, mixer, or by hand. This batch turned out to be both soupy and lumpy at the same time – quite a feat, really. They were still edible, though, and maybe I’ve just learned my lesson to stick to my instincts instead of following the written word when it comes to mashing spuds.
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Thanksgiving traditions vary widely (oyster stuffing: need I say more?), but pretty much everyone can identify with these two Thanksgiving staples: Roast Turkey and Mashed Potatoes. The turkey recipe (Barefoot Contessa Parties!, pp. 182-183) does not call for any fancy brining or basting, deep-frying or stuffing with other birds, but there are some aromatics (onions, garlic, lemon, thyme) stuffed in the body cavity. I excluded the roasted vegetables under the turkey in the original recipe, simply because if we didn’t have mashed potatoes on the table, there may have been a revolt. The mashed potatoes (Barefoot Contessa Family Style, p. 118) were, quite simply, divine. But what wouldn’t be, with half-and-half, sour cream, and butter mixed in?
Now, if someone could just broker a Thanksgiving Peace Treaty between me and the dog who just dragged in what can only be skunk poop all over the carpet… Happy Holidays, y’all!