23 November 2010

Whipped Potatoes

Here's what they look like...

photo of whipped potatoes

This will be the last post on my Thanksgiving menu. I know, that in itself is reason to be thankful. There is the "Great Debate" as to whether to go mashed or whipped. If just making it for my family, I usually just do the mashed potato thing and save myself a little work. But, since this is a special occasion, I like to make things a little more fancy, which is why I choose to do the whipped potatoes. As you look over the ingredients to this recipe, you may raise your eyebrows when you come upon the buttermilk, but this will give your potatoes a nice, tangy flavor. As you can see, this recipe is somewhat large (I have to make enough for 23 people), but you can just scale-down the ingredients to suit your needs.

I hope you all have a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

What you will need...

  • Potatoes...10 pounds (1 bag)
  • Butter...½ to 1 stick
  • Salt...to taste
  • Pepper...to taste
  • Buttermilk...½-1 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese...1-2 cups (I know it's a lot, but I love to make it cheesy. You can also substitute the Parmesan for any type of cheese you like
    • measurements are estimates and based upon texture/taste

Putting it Together...

  1. Skin potatoes and cut into quarters (this allows the potatoes to cook more quickly)
  2. Put in large pot, add water and salt (I usually put in a few chicken bouillon cubes to add a little flavor to the potatoes).
  3. When fork tender, remove from heat and drain
  4. Turn-off burner and replace potatoes in pot and return to burner. This will allow the excess water to steam out of the potatoes. Be sure to keep an eye on them, so they do not burn
  5. Place the potatoes in a large bowl
    • If they do not all fit, you will need to repeat the following steps with the remaining potatoes (although cutting-back on the measurements)
  6. Add butter, salt, and pepper
  7. Mash with a potato masher and then use a hand mixer to blend
  8. Add 1/2 cup of Buttermilk and continue whipping
  9. Add additional buttermilk until you reach the desired consistency
  10. Add additional salt and pepper to taste
  11. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix until well incorporated
  12. Take any additional potatoes and repeat steps 6-11


  1. you know for the longest time I didn't realize there was a difference between mashed and whipped potatoes.

  2. looks yummy - I can't wait for tomorrow! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving

  3. Ann: Me too. I guess it all comes down to whether you like lumps in your potatoes or if you like them smoother.
    Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

    wildcatsthree: Thank you. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, too!

  4. Sounds pretty darn yummy to me too! I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Yum, potatoes! They are my husband's favorite part of Thanksgiving!

  6. Yummy!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

  7. Brian: Thank you!
    I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    BeadedTail: I like them too. My favorite is the kind with the corn flakes and the cheddar cheese.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Storm, The Psychotic Housewife: Thank you! I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving, too!

  8. Yummy again...I add a garlic clove in my water while boiling. Everyone around here always wants garlic mashed potatoes.

    I am a masher and not a whipper. But, I have never tried the buttermilk before. I will have to try that idea!!

    I hope you are enjoying the left overs today!!

  9. Shinade: That's a great idea. I think I'll try that the next time. I usually mash, but for special occasions, I'll go the extra mile :)

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


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