By Ashley Fehr

Is there a person on Earth who doesn’t like mashed potatoes? To me, they’re the perfect holiday dish.

When I reach back in my memory, I can’t think of a single Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving that didn’t have mashed potatoes on the menu. They are the epitome of comfort food, and they go with anything.

A steaming bowl of mashed potatoes brings back memories of being in Mom’s kitchen, with the whole family gathered round the table. And, yes, since being in Manitoba means we could very well be under snow at Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving, a warm, hearty meal with family is one of the best remedies for the winter blues.

But even though we’re all yearning for a holiday feast, we’re not always willing to give up time together to spend hours slaving over every aspect of a meal that will most certainly be devoured in minutes. These potatoes come together quickly, with help from a secret ingredient, to keep you from having to hide out in the kitchen all day. They are rich, creamy and the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal.

Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Courtesy of Ashley Fehr, thereciperebel.com, Portage la Prairie, Man.

These rich mashed potatoes will make a decadent side dish for your holiday dinner.

CreamyMashedPotatoes

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 mins
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients
5 russet potatoes (about 10 cups/2.50 L chopped)
1 can (10 oz/284 mL) condensed cheddar cheese soup
¾ cup (175 mL) heavy cream or whipping cream
2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped chives (optional)

Directions
1. Cook potatoes in a large saucepan of salted, boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain well. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly. Mash to desired consistency.
2. In pan over medium heat, combine soup and whipping cream. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until simmering. Fold in mashed potatoes. Stir in butter and pepper. Garnish with chives if desired.

The Recipe RebelAshley Fehr creates and shares easy, family-friendly recipes, homemade breads and decadent desserts on her blog The Recipe Rebel. She loves to put a creative, new twist on old favourites.