|Actual shot of my 1st attempt of The Pioneer Woman's delectable mashed potatoes last year|
By the way, safety warning here: She also recommends putting pats of butter on top of your potatoes just before warming them up, but the first year I made these, my pan happened to be so packed full that the butter melted right off the top and started burning on the bottom of the oven. Let's just say there was a moment of black smoke billowing from the oven and some freezing cold doors and windows were quickly opened at one point at our Thanksgiving that first year...and nothing screams failure like smoke billowing from your oven on the most important dinner of the year with all of your siblings there to mock you, and your sister-in-law shivering from the cold. Thank goodness these potatoes were so good, the 2-alarm smoke fiasco was soon forgiven and forgotten. So if your pan is filled to the brim with taters, I'd wait and put the butter on after it comes out of the oven. I also sprinkled mine with a bit of paprika for some added color. Also I am happy to report that last year I pulled these off flawlessly to rave reviews! Redemption!
These potatoes were creamy, delicious, and the perfect traditional side to go with your holiday meal. The only difference was I just popped them in with the other sides and had a chance to sip some cider and chat with the family. What a novel idea!