I hope to have most of the Thanksgiving meal fixed ahead of time. I want to spend my time visiting with company instead of cooking in the kitchen. I am going to cook the turkey on Thanksgiving day. There is just something to be said about the wonderful smell of turkey that goes through the house. If you want to follow along, I will be cooking other dishes for Thanksgiving and freezing them. After Thanksgiving I will be preparing for Christmas and cooking freezable goodies.
The first thing I am cooking and freezing ahead of time is mashed potatoes. I have never tried this recipe but it seems like it would work. I froze all the mashed potatoes together because I am having quite a few people for Thanksgiving but you can freeze this in smaller containers that is more meal sized for your family.
5 pounds of potatoes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 pinch of paprika
Peel potatoes. Boil in water until soft. Drain. In a large bowl combine potatoes, egg, garlic powder, salt, cream cheese and milk. Mash by hand or with an electric mixer. Freeze potatoes at this point. I put mine in a ziplock freezer bag. May put potatoes into smaller freezer bags.
Cooking directions: Thaw potatoes. Place in a 3 qt. buttered casserole dish. Drizzle butter over top of potatoes and sprinkle paprika on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until top is golden.