Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes should be a crime. Especially with these potatoes.

I have been making the very same mashed potatoes for a decade now (with the more recent addition of caramelized shallots), and every year it’s a battle to make enough for there to be any leftovers, let alone enough to go around. And that’s a shame, because these potatoes actually get better with time.

Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes


After a few days in the refrigerator, the metric shit ton of roasted garlic and shallots seeps into the very being of those potatoes. Just heat them up, add an extra blob of butter, and enjoy the amped up deliciousness.

These potatoes are a lumpy smashed variety, using red-skinned potatoes for their more durable texture. We’re looking for meaty potatoes, not fluffy. And yes, you leave the skins on. Not a fan of the skins? They’re good for you, just eat them.

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A Thanksgiving Feast Full of Slab Bacon & Applejack

For many years now, I have been primarily responsible for most of the holiday meals in our family.Over the course of these many meals, I have gotten quite good at cooking for a crowd. It takes a lot of planning and a lot of multi-tasking, but I absolutely love feeding a big group. It gives me a chance to make some large-scale dishes I don’t get to pull out too often, and then, there are the leftovers. Glorious, glorious leftovers.


This was Thanksgiving four years ago. I have gotten even better at this since then.

This year all of the dishes are going to be original or adapted recipes, which I will be rolling out over the course of this week and through the end of the month. That’s right, until the end of November, we are going all food, all the time. Get ready for some gluttony. Read on for the complete menu for this year, and some of my tips for how to prep for the biggest meal of the year in a way that keeps your sanity intact. [Read more…]