Whipped or mashed? How do you prefer (demand) your potatoes at holiday time? It's an ongoing battle at my house, but as far as I'm concerned, Martha Stewart's version (god help me) wins hands down. Martha, Martha, Martha, how I love to hate you and even better, how I love to hate myself for loving your recipes. Now isn't that the essence of the holiday spirit? Take a bite of these potatoes and swoon.
Martha Stewart's Insanely Rich and Insanely Delicious Mashed Potatoes
2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold or Yellow Finn potatoes, peeled and quartered
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces package cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into pieces
1/4 cup heavy cream or Créme Fraiche
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Quarter potatoes and boil until tender in well-salted water (add about a tablespoon of salt once the water boils), about 15-20 minutes. Drain thoroughly and mash a with hand masher; while hot, beat in the butter, then cream cheese, and finally cream, with a wooden spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Serves 10. Or 8 after taste-testing for seasoning.