Holiday Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a crowd pleaser across the board. To make your spuds extra special around the holidays I like to add extra flavors & textures
Here are a few pointers for tantalizing taters

• use 2lbs of potatoes (I prefer Yukon gold for their great color & texture) boil skins on in kosher salt water for about 45 minutes. Drain. Then peel if desired

•Add 1 stick of butter or 1/2c of olive oil to the potatoes.

•Add 1cup of dairy ( milk, half/half, buttermilk or 1 1/2c of plain yogurt or sour cream )

• Choose a flavor base ( herbs, roasted garlic, chipotle )

• optional ( shredded or crumbled, cheddar, parm, Gouda or goat cheese, mustard or horseradish)

• Festive toppings ( olives, bacon, scallions, carmalized shallots, parsley or dill)

The possibilities are endless & delicious. Just remember to have fun with it. Trial & error. Happy Thanksgiving!