Mashed Potatoes - The Age Old Question: Lumpy or Smooth?

No Thanksgiving is complete without the staples: turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberries and of course mashed potatoes.  Although everyone has their own way of preparing these staples, the mashed potatoes always seem to be a bigger debate in my house than the rest, do you want them lumpy or smooth?  Believe it or not I personally don't really have a preference as long as their are mashed potatoes on my plate when it's time to sit down and eat!

This year at our Friendsgiving we had two potato options; mashed and scalloped.  Although scalloped potatoes aren't a traditional Thanksgiving dish they were still delicious and a great addition to our meal.  But, let's be honest, it's the mashed potatoes you want to know about.  Shockingly enough I was able to relinquished control of the controversial dish this year and let my good friend Kate take the lead on them, I was not disappointed!  Her potatoes were perfectly lumpy with great taste and a recipe (see below) I would definitely recommend for your upcoming holiday.

If you're looking for a more traditional mashed potato recipe, I've added mine from last year as well.  You can't go wrong with either so why not make both?

(Picture courtesy of Food Network - Barefoot Contessa's Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes)

Mama's Potatoes by Katie Ellen


  • 5lbs russet potatoes

  • 6oz cream cheese

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 2tsp onion salt

  • Pepper to taste

  • 2tbsp butter


  1. In a large pot bring water to a boil

  2. Peel potatoes and cut into quarters, then add to the boiling water

  3. Cook for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are soft, test with a fork

  4. Drain water and mash potatoes adding the cream cheese, sour cream, onion salt, pepper and butter as you mash

  5. Place in a large glass baking dish, cover and bake 30-35 minutes

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Love, Mama Gale


Mashed Potatoes by Madison


  1. 2 lbs russet potatoes

  2. 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

  3. 1 cup whole milk, warmed

  4. Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water

  2. Bring water to a simmer, cook, uncovered until the potatoes are soft, about 45 minutes, test with a fork

  3. Drain potatoes

  4. Using a kitchen towel, peel the potatoes, then place the potatoes back in the empty pot

  5. Add the butter and warm milk, mash with a potato masher

  6. Add salt and pepper to taste

  7. Serve and enjoy with gravy!

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