Mashed Potatoes

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Nevermind the turkey, the cranberry sauce, the stuffing, the pumpkin pie.  I look forward to mashed potatoes all year long.   Why don't I make these the rest of the year?  Who knows.  I'd be happy with a plate of mashed potaoes, white meat turkey and a bowl of gravy.  Oh, and a dinner roll.  That's all I really need for a thanksgiving dinner.  

How about you?  Is there a particular dish that means more to you than all the others?  

If you're trying to decide how much mashed potatoes you'll need for your group they say it's 1 potato per person but obviously I think that's crazy.  1 1/2 potatoes per person at least!  (ahem, leftovers.)

Mashed Potatoes

6 idaho potatoes, peeled and halved

1/2 tablespoon butter (or more if you like)

1 cup milk, plus more if needed

s + p

Boil a large pot of water, add potatoes and boil until potatoes are soft and almost falling apart.  Strain and transfer to a bowl.  Add butter and milk.  Mashed or whip to desired consistency.  Salt and pepper.  Serve hot.  

Warm milk or stock may need to be added right before serving if potatoes look too dry.