DO THE MASHED POTATO
A roundup of the best spud dishes across America.
Side Dish Holiday, noun: A day when you eschew the main course in favor of the appetizers, either out of vegetarian / vegan / allergic necessity, or just fun.
This story was published on November 25, 2008.
See also: Thanksgiving.
And though cranberry sauce and pie can do wonders, what usually takes up plates are mashed potatoes. Pats of butter, loads of salt, and sometimes a mix of peas and carrots contribute to sleepy euphoria, at least until an Aunt or Uncle tells you to “just try” a drumstick. Blech.
Below, our favorite mashed potatoes across the country. Your mom’s might be the most comfortable, but these dishes are available all year – and not just if you clean up your room.
Wasabi Mashed Potatoes
New York, NY
Why? The combo of leeks and wasabi create a creamy/spicy taste that lets you be trendy while secretly indulging in a childhood staple. Just order lots of water if you can't handle the heat.
Bourbon Mashed Potatoes
New Orleans, LA
Why? Trust Emeril at his restaurant in New Orleans and give these creamy sweet potatoes a try. You might start wishing for some spurs and a lasso.
Why? Because sometimes when you're hungover, you just need some cheap comfort food in a big plastic tub (flashback to Homecoming '03).
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
San Francisco, CA
Why? The owners of Zuna become weary whenever they put the tasty dish on the menu, as whatever food it accompanies outsells the others. Could it be that buttermilk anything makes you think of Grandmas and coziness?
Sweet Mashed Potatoes
Why? The side dish plays on sweet rather than savory, using sweet potatoes and cinnamon. You may not even need room for dessert.
Stuffed Mashed Potatoes
Why? As if mashed potatoes weren't filling enough, this Peruvian dish serves potatoes cold, stuffed with a chicken and vegetables.
Steak House Truffle Mashed Potatoes
Why? Because adding truffles to anything makes it better, richer, and of course, pricier. In this case, however, superchef Tom Collicchio makes them to warm your tummy rather than empty your wallet, since an average four course meal will only run you out $95.
Dave and Buster's
White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Why? My philosophy is that cheese goes well with everything (except apple pie, which is gross), and Dave and Buster's saves me the time of mixing in the cheddar myself.