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How to Cook Thanksgiving

Rich, creamy, comforting

Everyone looks forward to holiday potatoes. Make them better than ever this year.

Watch Now: Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

We focus on a new technique to make creamy, fluffy potatoes even easier. Watch the whole episode, One Great Thanksgiving, where we also create a recipe for moist roast turkey that’s packed with bright herb flavor in every bite.

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Thanksgiving Potato Recipes

Top Potato Cooking Equipment

Top Potato Cooking Equipment

  • Zyliss Stainless-Steel Potato Masher

    Do you look at your potato masher and think, “That is a great tool that does its one job really well?” If not, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Our favorite product is a traditional perforated masher that has a long, curved plastic handle and a sturdy, circular plate; it was maneuverable, comfortable, and efficient.

    [Buy winner on AmazonRead our review of potato mashers]

  • RSVP International Potato Ricer

    For smooth and fluffy mashed potatoes, a potato ricer is the best tool. Potato ricers look and work just like giant garlic presses: You put the cooked potatoes in a hopper and squeeze the handles to force the spuds through a perforated disk. The best ricers produce a uniform texture that is not lumpy, overworked, or gummy. 

    [Buy winner on Amazon | Read our review on potato ricers]

  • RSVP Classic Rotary Food Mill

    A food mill creates ultra-smooth mashed potatoes. More aggressive than a ricer, a food mill will produce fluffy potato results plus a super-smooth texture.

    [Buy winner on Amazon | Read our review of food mills]

  • Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler

    A good vegetable peeler should be fast and smooth, shaving off just enough of the skin to avoid the need for repeat trips over the same section but not so much that the blade digs deeply into the flesh and wastes food. Our favorite is featherweight, but surprisingly sturdy, and its razor-sharp blade effortlessly skinned anything we threw at it.

    [Buy winner on Amazon | Read our review of vegetable peelers]

  • All-Clad Stainless 4-Quart Saucepan with Lid and Loop

    In the home kitchen equipment line of succession, the large saucepan occupies a secure place near the top. We can’t picture doing without one—its hefty frame, deep bowl, long arm, and tight-fitting lid make it the go-to vessel for many cooking operations, including boiling potatoes.

    [Buy winner on Amazon | Read our review of large saucepans]

All the Potatoes

All Recipes Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes

Want more? See our full list of potato recipes from the test kitchen.

 

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