This recipe is for my MOM’S MASHED POTATOES! Every time I take a bite it’s like Thanksgiving! She shared with me her secret for light and fluffy mashed potatoes and now I’m sharing with you!
Everyone has a mashed potato recipe but no one has my MOM’s mashed potato recipe. Until now that is. These are the lightest, fluffiest mashed potatoes that you will ever eat. They’re like a cloud sitting on your Thanksgiving plate. This isn’t just a recipe. You are getting her secret ingredient and her secret tip. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone that the secret is out. 🙂
The trick to getting completely smooth mashed potatoes is to wait to add anything in until you have beat the potatoes smooth. Most people think that if you add the other wet ingredients it helps to whip them but they’re wrong. Trust me. I usually put the cooked potatoes into my stand mixer with the whisk attachment on and let it go to town but you could use a hand mixer also. At the holidays I’ll usually let my potatoes boil then when they are fork tender I turn the burner off but I keep them there and let them stay in the hot water. I don’t drain them until just before dinner when I am going to mix them. This helps to try and keep them hot.
Let’s talk about her other secret ingredient, nutmeg. That’s right it’s not just for the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving! Just a bit is all you need to make all your friends and family fall in love with your mashed potatoes and start to beg you for your recipe. Don’t be surprised if you find that you’ve been assigned the mashed potatoes every Thanksgiving!
Try not to make a mess like I did. It ended up being a nice treat for my pup!
What tips do you have for cooking your mashed potatoes at the holidays?
- 5 lbs potatoes peeled and chopped
- 12 oz can of evaporated milk
- 1 stick of butter but another stick never hurt anyone at the holidays
- 3 t. salt
- 1 t. pepper
- 2 t. ground nutmeg
- boil potatoes in a large pot of water until fork tender
- drain and mix in stand mixer with whisk attachment or hand mixer until completely smooth
- add butter salt pepper and nutmeg
- slowly add evaporated milk until desired consistency (It's pretty dry out here so I use nearly a whole can.)
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