A Simple—and Delicious—Trick for Making the Creamiest Mashed Potatoes

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Whether you’re hosting four or 40 people this Thursday, finding the time and the kitchen space to cook a perfect Thanksgiving dinner can seem like an especially puzzling math problem. And, while preparing certain dishes ahead of time can help solve those logistical issues, some of the most important seasonal classics just aren’t the same when reheated.

Among the offenders are mashed potatoes, which tend to lose their smooth texture once they’ve been stored in the refrigerator because the butter hardens. Considering that butter is a large part of the reason mashed potatoes are such a crowd favorite in the first place, it’s not exactly an option to get rid of it. However, according to Food & Wine’s Culinary Director Justin Chapple, there is something you can do.

In a recent installment of his video series Mad Genius Tips, Chapple shares the secret ingredient for scrumptiously smooth premade mashed potatoes, and it might not even require an extra trip to the grocery store: mayonnaise.

Chapple still uses a generous 1½ sticks of unsalted butter for 4 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, but he also adds 1 cup of mayonnaise—just enough to keep the potatoes creamy without seriously impacting the flavor.

To prove that his Mad Genius Tip works, Chapple then drops a spoon into each of two bowls of refrigerated mashed potatoes (one with mayonnaise, and one without). The spoon sinks right into the mayonnaise-d potatoes, while the other spoon bounces off the unyielding surface of the butter-only recipe.

Watch the video below to see exactly how the magic happens, and check out the recipe here.

How did mashed potatoes end up being a Thanksgiving staple in the first place? Find out the history behind that and more Thanksgiving dishes here.

[h/t Food & Wine]

This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

Amazon
Amazon

If you can make a recipe in a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or rice cooker, you can likely adapt it for an Instant Pot. Now, this all-in-one cooker can be converted into an air fryer with one handy accessory.

This Instant Pot air fryer lid—currently available on Amazon for $80—adds six new cooking functions to your 6-quart Instant Pot. You can select the air fry setting to get food hot and crispy fast, using as little as 2 tablespoons of oil. Other options include roast, bake, broil, dehydrate, and reheat.

Many dishes you would prepare in the oven or on the stovetop can be made in your Instant Pot when you switch out the lids. Chicken wings, French fries, and onion rings are just a few of the possibilities mentioned in the product description. And if you're used to frying being a hot, arduous process, this lid works without consuming a ton of energy or heating up your kitchen.

The lid comes with a multi-level air fry basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, and a protective pad and storage cover. Check it out on Amazon.

For more clever ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these recipes.

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This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

Amazon
Amazon

If you can make a recipe in a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or rice cooker, you can likely adapt it for an Instant Pot. Now, this all-in-one cooker can be converted into an air fryer with one handy accessory.

This Instant Pot air fryer lid—currently available on Amazon for $80—adds six new cooking functions to your 6-quart Instant Pot. You can select the air fry setting to get food hot and crispy fast, using as little as 2 tablespoons of oil. Other options include roast, bake, broil, dehydrate, and reheat.

Many dishes you would prepare in the oven or on the stovetop can be made in your Instant Pot when you switch out the lids. Chicken wings, French fries, and onion rings are just a few of the possibilities mentioned in the product description. And if you're used to frying being a hot, arduous process, this lid works without consuming a ton of energy or heating up your kitchen.

The lid comes with a multi-level air fry basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, and a protective pad and storage cover. Check it out on Amazon.

For more clever ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these recipes.

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.