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Facts about Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potato or mashed potatoes is a common way of serving potato in many countries worldwide. It is made by mashing boiled potatoes (peeled or unpeeled) with a potato ricer, fork or similar device. Other ingredients such as milk, cream, butter, vegetable oil, garlic, cheese, bacon bits or sour cream are often added to enrich the mash. A French variation adds egg yolk for Pommes duchesse that is piped through a pastry tube into wavy ribbons and rosettes, brushed with butter and lightly browned.

Mashed potato is an ingredient of various other dishes, including:
Shepherds' pie, Pierogies, Colcannon and potato croquettes.

In addition to butter, cream, or milk, mashed potato may also be seasoned with salt, pepper (often white pepper, to blend in), and/or a dash of nutmeg. Other spices or chopped herbs, such as parsley may be added for more flavor. White turnip, garlic and wasabi are additional options, and gravy is a common topping, being spooned into a hollow called a 'tater crater'.
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Basic Mashed Potato Recipe
2 pounds of potatoes
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of half and half (half milk & half cream)
6 tablespoons of butter
Salt and pepper, to taste

Peel and quarter the potatoes.
Add the potatoes to a large pot with enough cold water to cover them by an inch or so. Add salt and bring the water to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife. (About 15 minutes)
Drain the potatoes return them to the pot and cook the drained potatoes over low heat for a couple of minutes to evaporate some of the water still in the potato.
Mash by your method of choice.
Blend in butter, half & half, and any other ingredients you prefer.
Season with salt and pepper.

Low-Calorie Recipes
In low-calorie recipes that forego the addition of milk, cream, or butter/margarine; soup stock or broth can be used as flavoring. Many countries have English-style shops that sell pie and mash and bangers and mash.

Dehydrated instant mashed potato mixes are also available, as well as frozen varieties.
resource link: wikipedia encyclopedia
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Mashed Potatoes My Way
(Pam, webmaster of gone-ta-pott.com)
I was raised on mashed potatoes served the simple way made with butter and cream but my favorite way to cook it as an adult is by adding cream, butter, celery salt, 1/4 cup of cheese and 1 grated stalk of celery cooked with the potatoes. Dried celery works great too! I wouldn't eat them any other way now.
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Mashed Potatoes & Gravy!
Homemade Chicken Gravy is the traditional gravy for Thanksgiving and the fall season but there are many different types of gravy that you can pore on top of your potatoes. You most certainly can't eat mashed potatoes or creamed potatoes without some Types of Gravy can you!

Mashed potato is an ingredient of various other dishes, including:
Shepherds' pie, Pierogies, Colcannon and potato croquettes.
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You may also be interested in these related pages:
Thanksgiving  / The First Thanksgiving  / ThanksgivingTraditions
Potatoe Recipes  / Potato Eyeballs for Halloween  / Potato Starch Flour
Potatoes  /  Potato Chip Cookies  /  National Potato Month
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Mashed Potatoes!
Mashed Potatoes are traditional on the Thanksgiving table in the United States

Each family has their very own recipe for this simple dish. Some serve it with salt & butter while others serve it with garlic, melted cheese or special herbs.