Each year for family holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter—my mom and I make separate mashed potatoes. She gets a huge bag of potatoes, we boil them up in a giant pot, and then divide them up to finish them off in our own style. My mom always whips her potatoes—she actually puts them in her mixer with melted butter and cream. I always sway way the other direction and load mine up with garlic, and leave them pretty chunky. And every year Irving has a little bit of each—so diplomatic! So this year I’ve made potatoes that sort of meet in the middle. My mashed potatoes are still nice and garlicky, but I’m peeling them just for Irving, and making them a little bit smoother.
Mashed potatoes wouldn’t be complete without being smothered by gravy, would they? My onion gravy is actually adapted and veganized from one of my mom’s recipes. The onion gives the gravy lots of deep flavor that complements practically any dish on your Thanksgiving table.
The best part of these two dishes is that they can be made from start to finish in under 45 minutes using only 9 ingredients! So simple and easy. In fact, they are easy enough to incorporate into any regular weeknight meal too—I have been know to pair them with frozen Gardein meatless meatloaf—I’m not kidding!
So whip…er….mash these potatoes up for your Thanksgiving feast this year and drown them with gravy! Your guests will love it! And if you wouldn’t mind, snap a picture and post it on Instagram, and tag it with #frieddandelions? I love to see real people making my recipes!
Stay tuned for a Thanksgiving meal plan next week with all of my favorite holiday dishes!