Creamy Potatoes

Last Thanksgiving was the first I ever spent away from my family in Rhode Island, spending it instead in California with James and our close friends due to work and financial circumstances. This creamy potato dish is one of my mothers famous recipes (among very many). She makes it at big family dinners and special events, and it always vanishes before any other dish. It has become a staple comfort food for me, both in its taste and its execution. It being my favorite of all the holidays, I knew that I needed to make this dish for our friendsgiving meal to find comfort in its representation of home. Like most Thanksgiving dishes, it is rather indulgent and by no means healthy. It’s very simple to prepare, and I guarantee that your guests will love it.

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INGREDIENTS (serves 8 – 10):

3 lbs potatoes (I used a medley of different colored small potatoes)

1 garlic head (finely diced)

2 bacon packages (12oz each)

2 pints heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup butter

1 tablespoon ground thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Peel all of the potatoes and cut into halves. If you are working with very large potatoes you can cut into quarters. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water, then boil until mostly cooked through, but still firm (about 30 minutes). Slice bacon into rough squares and fry in a pan until it’s all uniformly crispy. Remove from pan and set on a paper towel to drain and cool. Melt butter in a large pot and add garlic, let garlic cook until it starts to turn just a little brown.

Add cooked potatoes to large pot, then pour in heavy cream. Gently mix it through, trying not to mash the potatoes but keep them in whole pieces. Add the bacon, thyme, salt, and pepper to taste. Let potatoes finish cooking in the cream, until a fork can slide through easily (about 20 minutes).

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Remove from heat and serve warm.

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This Thanksgiving we will be spending it with friends again and then having our Christmas in Rhode Island with my family. It still feels a bit strange to not be back home for this holiday, but I am excited to begin new traditions as a married couple.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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