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Garlic mashed potatoes and home-made gravy for your Thanksgiving turkey

There’s nothing like home-made gravy from turkey drippings, slathered on garlic mashed potatoes.  It’s easier than you think… here we go!

Makes  8-10 servings

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You will need:  1 Cheese cloth, 8 cloves garlic peeled & sightly pressed, 1 stick real butter, 3 pounds red potatoes, 1/2 cup of cream or half & half, 2 chicken bullions and 2 tbsp chopped parsley.
 
In the cheesecloth, wrap the garlic.  Bundle it up, creating a pouch, twist and place inside the turkey before putting your stuffing in.  Once the Turkey is cooked, pull out the pouch with the garlic in it.  Take the garlic out and mash on a plate using a fork.  Melt 1 stick butter and brown the mashed garlic on high heat, set aside. 
 
 
If you’re making this without a turkey, simply press the garlic and boil it with the potatoes.  Skip the part about browning it in the butter. 

Boil 4 cups of water in a 4 qt pot, add chicken bullion and mix to dissolve.  Cut your potatoes in quarters, put it in the pot and add more water to cover potatoes.  Boil covered for 10-15 minutes (may vary).  Once cooked, strain for 2-3  minutes.

Then put in a bowl for mashing.  Leave some clumps for texture.  Add the butter and garlic and mix with a spatula, add the cream or half and half, then the parsley.  Mashed potatoes are ready to be covered in gravy now!    

Home Made Gravy

You will need:  Cooking oil, flour, turkey drippings, black pepper and salt to taste.

After roasting your turkey, use the drippings to make gravy.  The stuff that settles at the bottom of the pan is what makes it delicious, so make sure you get some of that when pouring the turkey drippings into a bowl. 

In a skillet (on medium high heat), use 4 tbsp cooking oil or the oil from your turkey drippings.  Add half a cup of white flour, stir using a whisk in a circular motion for about 10-15 seconds.  Add in 3 cups of drippings (half a cup at a time) and continue to whisk until the all the clumps are gone.  Add salt and pepper to taste, although salt may not be needed if you seasoned your turkey well.  Cook on high and cover for at least 3 minutes, whisk and set aside.  The gravy will get thicker if you let it stand for about 5 minutes.  If you want thicker gravy, simply add more flour 2 tbsp at a time while continuing to whisk on medium heat.     

That’s all there is to it!  Enjoy your Holiday.  Here are links to other recipes for Thanksgiving

  • Perfect Roast Turkey by the Barefoot Contessa
  • Chunky & Moist Corn Bread
  • Bad Salad

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