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I have been asked to make my killer mashed potatoes again this year. I usually have way way way more than i need, so how many taters should i peel for about 20 people(adults & chitlins) Answers in lbs please. Happy turkey day to all.


  • BlueSmokeBlueSmoke Posts: 1,678
    Seth Howard,
    I figure 1/3 to 1/2 pound a person, but (especially this time of year) it depends on what else you're having. I'd cook at least 8 pounds - 10 to be on the safe side.
    (Besides, left over mashed taters go real good in potato bread, potato soup, topping for turkey pot pie, etc.)

  • DavidRDavidR Posts: 178
    Seth Howard,[p]That's a coincidence. I always get asked to my killer mashed potatoes every year, also. How do you make yours?

  • DavidR,
    I boil them to fork tender, drain, smash by hand, then i start to slowly mix in 1/2 & 1/2, butter and sour cream. Salt and pepper as needed, and there you have it. Oh yeah, a little paprika over the top when done. How about you? how do you do yours?

  • DavidRDavidR Posts: 178
    Seth Howard, since I always have about 5 to 10 people come over, I find that a 5 lb. bag works very nice, because I get a kick out of making too much. Works out real nice for leftovers. I boil them fork tender and drain, and let them dry out a few minutes before I start to hand mash roughly before adding any ingredients in order to eliminate lumps. Then, while continuing to mash, I add a stick of real butter, 8 ounces of cream cheese, and a cup of sour cream, and mix until smooth. I add either half & half, or evaporated milk if it's too thick or to make it more fluffy. Then I salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes, on request, I'll fold in about about a half cup of chives or chopped green onions.[p]Try some cream cheese this time around. If you think people are raving about your potatoes now? . . hehe

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