I'm taking a break from slogging
through my lovely basement to welcome 2011.
And until I can assemble a really cool pictorial Year in Review, here's a little bubbly for you. And a little for me.
|"Hmm, I wonder if that tree tastes as good as this one. I'd saunter over for a test bite except for the creeper with the camera."|
|"I think I've managed to shave this one pretty close. Let's go over to Chilvers Court and see what's cookin'."|
Yukon Gold Potatoes with Horseradish
5 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes3 tablespoons Kosher salt8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted butter1 1/2 cups light creamground white pepper6 ounces prepared horseradish
Peel and quarter the potatoes and cover with cold water.Add 1 tablespoon salt, bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle boil, cooking till fork tender, about 25-30 minutes.Pour off water and let potatoes cool a little (if they sit in the water they'll turn pasty).In a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip the potatoes until smooth, about 1 minute; add the butter and mix until melted and combined, about 30 seconds. Add the cream, 2 tablespoons salt and white pepper to taste; whip until smooth and creamy, scraping down the bowl frequently. Fold in the horseradish and combine well.
To keep the potatoes warm, put an inch of water in the pot the potatoes were cooked in and set over low heat. Put the potatoes in a mixing bowl, cover with foil and put the bowl on top of the pot. You can hold the potatoes like this for at least 2 hours, just maintain the water level and keep the heat low.
Our Thanksgiving will take place a day late, due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts. And yes, I will cook. But on Thursday, Honey and I will be at the Cracker Barrel, thankful for our arriving family, our health and yes, horseradish mashed potatoes.
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