If you're preparing to whip up a bowl of mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving (and who isn't planning to make this holiday staple?), the New York Times explains how to make the perfect, classic mashed potato dish.
Starting with hot, dry potatoes and hot butter emerged as one of the two crucial steps toward mashed potato success. The other was using a good masher: in fact, technology trumped every other factor in my experiments.
Check out the article for the details (the instructions are all on the second page), and if you've got your own tips for heaven-sent mashed potatoes, let's hear them in the comments.
AU - yes, Thanksgiving is an American holiday but anyone can enjoy good mashed potatoes. :)