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From the Kitchen of…David Bonom, Longtime Contributor"My mom, a child of the Depression, embraced convenience foods like instant mashed potatoes, and we ate them all year--except on Thanksgiving, when she made 'real' potatoes that she never fully mashed. I still make them her way but have added ingredients like caramelized onions and olive oil."To keep potatoes warm until the meal is ready, place them, loosely covered, in a heatproof dish or bowl, and set them (without submerging them) in a larger pot of hot water over very low heat. They'll stay warm without scorching on the bottom.

Recipe by Cooking Light November 2015


Credit: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Paige Hicks

Recipe Summary

42 mins
17 mins
Serves 12 (serving size: 2/3 cup)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to pan. Mash potatoes with a potato masher until coarsely mashed (not smooth).

  • Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and white pepper.

  • Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Add onion mixture, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and milk mixture to mashed potatoes, stirring to combine.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

152 calories; fat 5.6g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 23g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 12mg; iron 1mg; sodium 187mg; calcium 51mg.