In the great big world of side dish recipes, mashed potatoes are king. At least they are if you ask the good folks at the potato association. They say that the average American eats approximately 142 pounds of potatoes a year, and especially on Thanksgiving! Next to making the perfect turkey or herb roasted chicken, I think carb-loaded side dishes make or break the meal. Seriously. Have you ever lifted a spoon full of mashed potatoes at Aunt Betty’s Thanksgiving table and felt like you were lifting wet concrete? Or you slid the spoon into your mouth and suddenly felt like you were eating wallpaper paste? Happy Thanksgiving meal memories are not made this way, people! I’m protesting the nasty side dishes! I’m going to give you my tips on how to make perfect mashed potatoes. With this simple information at your disposal, nobody will be able to associate Thanksgiving horror stories around your food!