WHO DOESN'T LOVE MASHED POTATOES?

Is there ever NOT a good time to fix mashed potatoes? Over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, mashed potatoes were at every gathering I went to. On Christmas Day, however, I was in charge of bringing the meal; and found a way to make my mashed potatoes even better than mash I've ever had before.

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THE POTATO

Start with your choice of potatoes and determine how many people you will be cooking for. I took two five-pound bags of Russet potatoes and peeled and boiled them. I added salt to the boiling pot. This was to feed about 10-15 people.

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Photo by Eric Prouzet on Unsplash
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ADD BUTTER

Once the potatoes were mashable, I strained them and put them in a large bowl.

I added one stick of real butter; salted. I also added salt and pepper and proceeded to mash the potatoes with the butter until smooth.

At this point, I typically add a little bit of milk or heavy cream (for special occasions) until the potatoes reach the desired consistency. That means truly; adding a little at a time. You don't want to be serving paste potatoes for dinner. (Believe me, I've made that mistake before!)

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THE SECRET INGREDIENT

This time, I did NOT add any milk. Instead, I added about 8 ounces of Mid-America Farms Top The Tater Sour Cream Dip. I grabbed my mixer and mixed it all together for the final tasty delight.

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MY NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION

I've added sour cream to my potatoes in the past, but I can tell you; there is nothing better than adding Top The Tater sour cream dip to your mashed potatoes. They were the perfect consistency and had such a delightful flavor, that I think everyone thought they were a big hit.

No one knows what was in the potatoes; but when you hear people talking while they're eating, saying, "Wow...These potatoes are so good!" You know you've done something right.

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TRY IT FOR YOURSELF!

You don't have to take my word for it; but I suggest on a night when you are cooking supper for your family, give it a try and see what you think. To me, this screams Minnesota Mashed Potatoes, and will forever be my new holiday tradition!

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