Recipe: Garlic Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

• 5 large russet potatoes
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 2?3 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1?2 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
• Parsley flakes

Peel potatoes and boil whole until tender, approximately 45 minutes. Drain and mash.
Melt butter over very low heat in a medium saucepan. Add crushed garlic and continue cooking while stirring for 1 minute. Do not allow garlic to brown. Stir in milk. Add salt and pepper and gradually add grated cheese, stirring, constantly. Allow cheese to melt and pour over mashed potatoes. Beat potatoes to desired consistency.

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Recipe: Turkey Gravy

• Pan drippings from Turkey
• 1/4 cup unsalted butter
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Strain pan drippings through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids and reserve 2 1/2 cups pan drippings; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and thyme until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  3. Gradually whisk in reserved pan drippings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve warm.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Casserole Ingredients:
    • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for buttering the baking dish
    • 3 to 4 large sweet potatoes (about 1 3/4 pounds), peeled and cubed
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Topping Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

For the sweet potatoes: Add 1 3/4 pounds peeled and cubed sweet potatoes to a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and cool. Mash the sweet potatoes.

For the filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
Whisk together the butter, mashed sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs in a large bowl. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

For the topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, butter and salt in a medium bowl until moist and the mixture clumps together. Stir in the pecans. Spread the mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes in an even layer. Bake until mostly set in the center and golden on top, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot.

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