I didn’t want to write a whole new blog about these two sides because I have posted recipes for both before. I just wanted to note how they turned out.
I baked four loaves of sourdough bread for Thanksgiving: two plain and two seeded. I was able to bake three of the four loaves in our gas oven at home before we had to get on the road to New Jersey on Wednesday morning. I baked the fourth loaf in my mother-in-law’s electric oven once we were there. Man, do I hate electric now that I have gas. Thank god I was watching the loaf because if I didn’t, it would have burned (the timer said it had 10 more minutes!). In any case, the loaves all came out perfectly. Everyone marveled at how gorgeous they were! I think of the entire meal I cooked, I was most proud of the bread.
The second thing I made that got rave reviews was my classic mashed potatoes.
I have to tell you, the secret ingredient here is the caramelized onions. They will deepen the flavor of mashed potatoes and be that special punch everyone wonders about every single time. I can’t imagine making mashed potatoes now without them. Plus, they are a total make ahead (I caramelized them all on Tuesday night and made the potatoes fresh Thanksgiving day. Win!).
The hubs and my sister-in-law are still talking about the potatoes. Go figure!