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Thanksgiving: Mashed Potato Recipes for Every Personality

There is no better example of Nutrition on a Budget than Thanksgiving Dinner. No matter what you’re planning to prepare, you can make the potato dish with confidence, knowing that you’re using one of the very best values in the produce department. Make extra, this year– I’ll have all sorts of ideas for your potato left-overs after the holiday.

So, let’s talk turkey…and mashed potatoes.  You do know there’s a mashed potato recipe for every personality, don’t you?  As you plan your menu out for next week, contemplate what you and your family truly desire in those fluffy peaks of potato goodness. I’ve got some ideas from the great recipes we’ve got in our database. You may recognize them from last year’s Thanksgiving post, but they’re just so good we couldn’t help but go back for seconds.

Are you:

A Traditionalist? Determined to preserve tradition by sticking to the tried-and-true delicious mashed potatoes that are whipped with butter, milk, salt and pepper?

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

A Diplomat? Dedicated to celebrating 2008 as the International Year of the Potato (yes, really!).  You spice up your potatoes with ethnic flavors and spices to add zest and appeal to your transcontinental guests.

Chipotle Mashed Potatoes           Miso & Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A Hedonist? Taking mashed potatoes to the next decadent step by using every variation of cream in the book–whipping cream, cream cheese, sour cream.  Maybe even chocolate—yes, white chocolate with dashes of hot sauce.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Aioli          White Chocolate Mashed Potatoes

A Health Nut? Looking for new ways to increase the nutrition of the already-healthy profile of your potatoes.  You add squash, broccoli, peas, sautéed mushrooms, even an assorted variety of peppers and you reduce the fat and sodium.

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash  

Caramelized Shallot and Chive Smashed Potatoes

Veggie Mashed Potatoes

A Procrastinator?  Someone who wants to wow the crowd, but ends up looking to the microwave to save the day.

Microwave Potatoes

What recipe and personality describes you and your Thanksgiving menu the best?  I can’t wait to compare notes.  (BTW—I just started a diet… but I can still whip up the White Chocolate Mashed Potatoes without feeling too guilty!  I may forego the pecan pie…)

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