January 7, 2016
At Home with Friends


Melissa Clark’s Chive Mashed Potatoes

We all know Thanksgiving is fairly labor intensive. Anything you can do ahead is a plus.

It never occurred to me that it was possible to make mashed potatoes ahead until I read Melissa Clark’s recipe for Mashed Potato Casserole.

I admit I had doubts, so I tried it out a few weeks before Thanksgiving. My tasters inhaled them. And yes, it was still good several days after I made it. For the test, I even omitted the breadcrumb / Parmigiano-Reggiano topping that Melissa suggested. It was still great. But don’t skimp on the chives!

For Thanksgiving, I will make it exactly as described, with the breadcrumb topping. Be sure to use Yukon Gold Potatoes.

The only note I would add is to take this out of the refrigerator at least 1 hour before it goes int he oven. It might take more that 30-40 minutes to really get heated through and through.

Oh, and I scooped them out of the baking pan and pile them in a sterling silver bowl.

Once again: Thanks, Melissa!


EVENT: Thanksgiving

YIELDS: 12 to 14 Servings


14 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, and more for the pan

6 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 teaspoon black pepper

6 tablespoons finely chopped chives

2/3 cup breadcrumbs

2/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


9X13-inch baking pan


1. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan.

2. In a large pot, bring the potatoes, 4 quarts water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Boil potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

3. Mash potatoes with 10 tablespoons butter, sour cream, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Mash in the chives. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

4. Spread potatoes into the prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

5. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, breadcrumbs and cheese. Mix together until it forms coarse crumbs. Crumbs can be refrigerated for 3 days.

6. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle crumbs over the top of the Potato Casserole and bake until golden and crisp, 30 to 40 minutes.


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