The 8th Day of Thanksgiving: garlic mashed potatoes

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ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF THANKSGIVING, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: EIGHT MASHED POTATOES, 7 yams a-sweetening, 6 cups of green beans, 5 decorative gourds, 4 colanders, 3 fancy breads, 2 turkeys brining, and a pork shoulder of carnitas.

Are you really hoping to get the recipe for Jo’s Famous Garlic Mashed Potatoes? Now? Really? ‘Cause I don’t have a recipe. I use lots of butter, salt, garlic, whole milk and black pepper. Did I mention the butter, salt and garlic? I just made about 15 pounds of the stuff and I’m exhausted. I’m not sure how I’m going to get down to my sister’s and park myself on the couch to watch football and then eat. Thanksgiving can be so tough. But all right, if you really insist, and you haven’t made your mashed potatoes yet, here’s what I’ve come up for about 15 people.

8 large russet potatoes, peeled and boiled until you can easily stab them with a fork
1 stick of butter
4 large garlic cloves
1 cup of whole milk
Salt
Pepper

I use a ricer to mash the potatoes. Then I chop the garlic and sauté in the butter. When the scent of garlic has thoroughly wafted through the house, I add the milk and heat it almost until boiling. I add this to the potatoes and add so much salt, you would be appalled. I’m also generous with the pepper, because I like pepper. Using a hand mixer, I try and get all the lumps out and make it nice and smooth, and pretty fluffy. If it’s not really fluffy and you could spackle a wall with it, add more milk (and butter if you want). Serve it nice and hot.

I have a separate batch that I added a container of bleu cheese to, and eliminated the garlic. Cool, tangy flavor.

By the way, are you wondering how I can claim my potatoes are famous? They were mentioned last week on a radio station in Chico, California. The fact that the DJ was my nephew, I think, is only slightly coincidental.

Thanks for hanging in there during these 8 days. I’m hoping next year, people from Maine to Minnesota, Hawaii to Florida, are singing it around the table. What do you think? Unrealistic?

Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good night.

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