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AMERICA’S WINNING SIDE DISH

TA STE O F THE VALL EY

written by KAY ERICKSON

ON HOLIDAY TABLES far and wide, one winner sits in the middle of most dinner settings. That dish is (drumroll please), mashed potatoes (cheering, applause). While that may seem silly, there’s some truth to it. And we also know that if the mashed potatoes aren’t creamy enough or flavorful enough, the holiday meal is just not as spectacular as it could be. I will admit that during the year, I may not be as fussy with my potatoes. There are times when, just for convenience, I leave the skins on for a bowl of rustic mashed potatoes.

For those looking for something different, how about mashed potatoes with cream cheese or sour cream? I know of many families who cannot imagine the holiday table without them. Enjoy! ✻

As holiday time approaches, however, my potatoes are my best, just like my dishes, stemware and silverware. My potato of choice? Yukon Gold. Move over milk, only half-and-half will do. And there’s no hand mashing allowed. Instead, I reach for a food mill or ricer for the perfect mashed potato texture. One piece of advice — never use a food processor or blender. The end product won’t be edible.

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One trick I discovered a few years ago was to prep my mashed potatoes a day ahead. Simply cook, mash and then stash in the frig. The next day, grab those ’taters and reheat in the microwave, mixing in heated milk and butter. It is a true time saver.

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KAY ERICKSON, writer Kay has spent her professional career in public relations and broadcast news, currently at Yellowstone Public Radio. Her journalism degree is from Northern Illinois University. Her passions include her family, sports and food. Her mom and an aunt taught her the finer points of cooking and instilled a love of good food and family mealtime.

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