A Life-Changing Recipe for Your Upcoming Holidays
A couple days back, while catching up on some reading and the posts of some of my favorite ActiveRain bloggers, I ran across a plea from Donna Foerster, (Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, Metro Denver, CO) for good pumpkin bread recipes. As my wife will attest, I'm a darn good eater and rarely forget a recipe that I find particularly good. In my eyes, that described my wife's pumpkin bread recipe ... and I had Marilyn send it off to Donna.
That little conversation got my wife and I talking about the upcoming holidays and the where, when, who and etc. of our plans. My wife and I had served as "Holiday-Central" for her family for over 2 decades when we lived in our former home in Mokena, IL. We were located closest to aging parents and were also lucky enough to have a big enough house to share and accommodate some pretty large get-togethers. Let's just say that through the years, Marilyn gained some real hands-on experience at preparing and serving big meals. Marrying a farm girl has advantages.
One of the lessons my wife learned while serving as chief cook for these family meals was planning. It was all about organization for her. And one of the things that she swears helped her enjoy a less stress-filled holiday, was a recipe that her mom passed on to her for ... mashed potatoes. You make this recipe up ahead of time (the day before) and then just heat it up the day of your gathering.
Who knew that a simple mashed potato recipe could be "life changing"??
But that's exactly what my wife calls this recipe. Seems that making mashed potatoes at the last minute and then getting them to the table hot was proving pretty nerve-wracking for her. And finding something that helped her get this portion of the meal prepared the day before ... making for one less thing to do and fewer dirty dishes on the day of the meal ... was a godsend.
Well it occurred to me with the holidays just around the corner, that there may be a few ActiveRain members that would appreciate this "life changing" recipe too. So I asked Marilyn if I could share it here. You'll find the recipe below.
But even if you don't find this recipe quite as "life changing" as my wife did, I think you'll enjoy it. It's pretty darn tasty.
Make Ahead Potatoes
9 Large Baking Potatoes (Peel & Cut into chunks)
1 1/2 Package (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese (softened)
1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter or Oleo (softened)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. White Pepper (Regular pepper is fine also)
2 Tablespoon Chilled Butter or Oleo (Cut into small pieces)
Day Ahead: Cook and Mash potatoes until light and fluffy. Beat in Cream Cheese and softened butter cut into small pieces. Beat in Sour Cream and Seasonings. Scrape into heavily buttered casserole dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
To Cook/Heat: Bring potatoes to room temperature. Dot with 2 Tablespoons worth of Butter or Oleo. BAKE at: 300 degrees, uncovered for 30 minutes or until heated through.
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