Gobblefest 2010

It was the first Thanksgiving dinner I've ever hosted and I hope it won't be the last.  I actually gave myself a ton more time than I needed which meant I had more time to freak out about my pie. Which I didn't photograph. But dayyamn if that pie recipe wasn't awesome. Well, it wasn't awesome, it was the best pumpkin pie I've ever eaten.

First things first, dinner:

I made the mashed potatoes and the green bean casserole.  I didn't trust myself to make a turkey from scratch like I had last Christmas so I bought one already cooked from Whole Foods (something I highly recommend) and just had to pop it in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.

Before you think that I made a pathetic amount of food, I will make the disclaimer that I was feeding just three people.  This was plenty and I had leftovers for days. I would have loved to have made more but between all that and the pumpkin pie, we were properly stuffed.

Luxurious Mashed Potatoes (Adapted from Martha Stewart's Recipe)

  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, washed, quartered

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, warmed

  • As much garlic as you want


In a large pot, cover potatoes by 2 inches with salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Drain thoroughly, the skin should peel right off the potatoes. i used tongs.

Carefully warm the heavy cream, don't let it boil or burn.

Add garlic and butter to potatoes. Using a potato masher or a mixer with a paddle attachment, start mashing. Slowly add warmed cream, salt & pepper to taste.

Garnish with chives or diced up parsley. Maybe another pat of butter if you'd like.

I'll have the recipe for the green bean casserole and pumpkin pie up soon! Check back!