Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Recipes with a Twist: Extra Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Holiday Recipes with a Twist: Extra Creamy Mashed Potatoes

 Creamy Mashed Potatoes



Don’t worry, don’t worry! This recipe does NOT include peas of any kind.  But this is how I like to eat my mashed potatoes at every single holiday meal.  The more peas, the better!  But whether you like a side of peas with your meal or not, I have no doubt that you will love these mashed potatoes that are whipped with both cream cheese and sour cream!  Seriously, they are insanely delicious!
So this is the beginning of a holiday recipe series that I’m putting on with Amanda and Tyler from What We’re Eating. For the next few days, we’ll be posting new holiday recipes on each of our blogs.  We’re posting these recipes together because Amanda and I actually cooked these dishes together at our big pre-Thanksgiving meal a few weeks back.
Amanda and Tyler came over to our house with camera and ingredients in tow, and Amanda and I spent the day in the kitchen cooking up a storm!  We then quickly photographed the results before the four of us dug in to an amazing holiday meal! The purpose of the day was to create recipes by adding new twists to some traditional holiday favorites, and we ended up with some great ones!
The recipe I’m going to share with you today is not actually a new recipe, but it is a twist on a classic holiday side dish.  My family has been making this mashed potato casserole for years, and let me tell you these potatoes are dangerously delicious!  Even though we were supposed to be testing new recipes, I couldn’t help making these.
The best thing about this mashed potato recipe is that it can be prepared up to three days in advance and then baked right alongside the other holiday casseroles after the turkey comes out of the oven.  Delicious and convenient!
Mashed Potato Casserole
4 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup butter, cut in pieces
paprika for garnish (optional)
Peel potatoes and boil in a 5 quart sauce pan until fork tender. Drain potatoes and mash well. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth with an electric mixer. Gradually add potatoes, beating until smooth.  Beat in garlic salt and pepper.  Put mixture into a buttered, shallow casserole. Dot with butter and sprinkle lightly with paprika (if desired).  Cover.  At this point, potatoes can be refrigerated for up to three days.  Bring to room temperature before baking.  Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until heated through, about 30-45 minutes.
Yield: approximately 8 servings.