I’ve always envied those Thanksgiving Day hosts who rely on their guests to provide the feast. In conversations with these delegating divas they politely inquire as to my menu. I rapidly fire off the recipes with the precision of a drill sergeant.
“All I really have to worry about is cleaning the house,” they reply to me gently, shaking their heads at my seeming naivety.
All week I’ve been studying lists and mapping Thanksgiving strategy as if preparing for defense against some perceived threat. My family and friends know how to wield chef knives, I never hesitate to host a potluck, so what genetic tick insists I make all the food for Thanksgiving?
Mushroom mixture is sandwiched between 2 layers of mashed potatoes.
This family favorite is a great make-ahead for cooks such as myself, who insist upon tackling the whole feast, yet don’t want to scurry around mashing potatoes at the last minute. It’s a recipe for the Type A personality that tells their guests, “Oh, it was nothing,” yet took 3 days of vacation time to organize the menu, still dropping the kids off at day-care.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole has your number, as well, if you’ve been delegated by the savvy host to bring a dish. It can easily be made 24 hours in advance, wrapped, refrigerated, then popped into the oven right before serving.
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