When the word perfect comes to mind, who do you think of? I think of Martha Stewart. I love her recipes and liked her since I saw her Biography on A & E in college (before the whole jail thing). I admire anyone who has that kind of drive.
Since I am looking for perfect mashed potatoes, I of course checked out the Thanksgiving issue of Martha Stewart Living. The magazine actually has two mashed potato recipes. I decided to try Big Martha’s recipe. Second or third generation recipes are pretty good; if they weren’t people would have stopped making them.
I also liked the description for them, where Martha noted that her mother always used cream cheese (a favorite of mine) but would use cream or butter depending on what is in the fridge. I like a casual approach to recipes when possible.
I cut a couple potatoes in chunks, and boiled them gently until they were tender. I drained them, and added a few tablespoons of butter, a few tablespoons of whole milk, and 4 oz of cream cheese. I mashed the indredients together. It was fantastic. Pat and I kept eating them and saying how good they tasted.
I will be making these for Thanksgiving. I will buy buttermilk to give the Zuni mashed potatoes a better shot. The Barefoot Contessa and Ellie Kreiger, both on the Food Network, have great looking recipes but I am running out of time before Thanksgiving.