If these potatoes could sing, it would go something like this:
"There ain't no lumps in us, there may be lumps in some of you chumps but there ain't no lumps in us!"
At last, potatoes without lumps — and you don't even need gravy on them! These potatoes are so light and airy you'll think you're eating a soufflé. Below is the recipe I received from dear friend of mine a long time ago that I've embellished on over the years. And, because I mostly make them for company with 2 or 3 other couples attending, or for my populated family at Thanksgiving and Christmas, my quantities are as such: 5 lbs. for company, 10 lbs. for family. You can double or triple the recipe accordingly and feel free to be creative!
4 c. hot, mashed potatoes (is equivalent to 2-3 lbs of potatoes - depending on potatoes - I used Idaho) 1 8 oz pkg. of cream cheese 1 sm. chopped onion 1 tsp each of salt 'n pepper 1/4 c. whipping cream 1 egg 3 Pats of Butter Bacon Bits
Put all of the ingredients (room temperature) into a Kitchen Aid bowl or any bowl you have handy as long as it ain't the toilet bowl. Boil potatoes, drain, and put in bowl over the yummy ingredients. Mash altogether then whip the hell out of 'em. Fold final product into a greased soufflé dish (or whatever dish you have handy), sprinkle with bacon bits and bake for 40 min. @350°. These potatoes will rise like a soufflé and melt in your mouth. You can add herbs, more seasonings of any sort and taste, garlic, cheddar cheese, dill, and even half sweet potatoes and half white. You can do anything with this basic recipe so let your imagination leave the corral and explore a bit. I've even left the skins on the potatoes for more vitamins and flavor. I normally use a stick of butter, 1/2 c. whipping cream and 1/16 oz. and 1/8oz of cream cheese for the 5 pounder (and double that for my family because I don't like 'em much and heart attacks seems to be the way we go in our family - kidding of course) but you add and season to your own taste as a good cook does and you can't go wrong. These potatoes will turn out perfect every time provided you use fresh ingredients and will turn even the most cynical and cruelest potato hater's heart. I guarantee it! And for you single gals out there, if you invite your beau over for dinner, nothing, I mean NOTHING, finds its way to a man's heart like a good steak and delicious potatoes. A bit of advice: get a 3 inch filet, cook it rare - I recommend 5 mins. on each side at 500° for a perfect rare steak - plop that big daddy on a plate with a heaping spoonful of these taters and you got yerself a husband girl! Yes, indeed! Top it off with a great cigar (providin' he smokes that is) and a snifter of brandy (providin' he drinks and if not brandy, then whatver) and woman, this man will be all over you like a cheap suit, yessiree billy bob. So, give these bad boys a try - Thanksgiving's acomin' and I got a whole TG dinner recipe for you too - best durn turkey you ever ate. Later......