I call these “cheating potatoes.” No offense to my mother-in-law, Jill, but they use boxed mashed potatoes.
I remember my very first Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws, and I remember these potatoes being brought out. Of course my first thought was….WHERE THE HECK IS THE 30lb BOWL OF POTATOES??? But of course, that’s the way my family cooks. With 30 lbs of potatoes for 6 people. And then, of course, I judged. BOXED POTATOES???? Then, I tasted. And fell in love.
In addition to adding some creaminess to the potatoes by using sour cream and cream cheese, I top these babies with cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions. Oh yeah, and butter.
Of course, I use 30 lbs of fresh potatoes for my Thanksgiving dinner these days. However, I like to make these cheating potatoes when I am making a meat that provides no gravy. These definitely don’t need gravy. Maybe some heart medication, but not gravy.