Is there anyone else out there who can not believe that Thanksgiving is in mere days? I still sort of can’t believe it. I’ve managed to move past my shock and this week I’ve got a few Thanksgiving recipes for you all – they are traditional sides with little twists.

I hope I don’t upset anyone by saying this, but I’ve never been a huge fan of mashed potatoes. They are all right, but I’d much rather my potatoes fried in duck fat. :) And even though I’m not really a fan – we thought that having a mashed potato bar at our wedding would be super fun! There were a few varieties of mashed potatoes, with toppings like pancetta, lobster and creme fraiche, which make mashed potatoes sound so much better – I heard it was good!

My husband on the other hand loves potatoes of any kind (he’s a real Midwestern boy) and I love him so I tried to figure out a way to compromise. I hear that is what marriage is all about. ;)

So I proceeded to think about the things that I love (selfishly) and if they could possibly pair with mashed potatoes. Coconut milk and curry; wasabi and bok choy; neither of which seemed appropriate for Thanksgiving, especially since I realize there are a lot of Thanksgiving purists out there.

And then I thought about my beloved cured pork and cheese. And I thought that garlic mashed potatoes topped with crispy proscuitto and parmesan cheese would make everyone happy.

They did.

Better Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1.5 pounds baby red potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp half & half
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 oz proscuitto
  • 4 oz parmesan


  1. Place potatoes and garlic cloves in large pot.
  2. Cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil and lower, cooking for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes .
  4. Remove from heat and put in mixing bowl.
  5. Add butter, half & half and whip or mash to desired consistency.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  7. Place proscuitto in hot pan and heat, flipping occasionally until crisp.
  8. Shred parmesan over hot mashed potatoes and crumble proscuitto over top.
  9. Serve hot.
  10. *Mashed potatoes can be made ahead of time, just re-heat and top with proscuitto and cheese.
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12 Comments (Reply )

  1. She Rocks Fitness
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    I’m not really a fan of mashed potatoes either. I’d rather have delicious french fries of mashed sweet potatoes. I’ve never had french fries in duck fat, but here it’s AMAZING! Enjoy the short week!


    • Emily
      Nov 21, 2011 @ 9:06 am

      I just recently tried duck-fat fries and they are very good. :)
      Not TOO different than normal fries, just a subtle flavor of GOOD! Enjoy your week!


  2. Faith @ for the health of it
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    I’m with you – I get really excited about fun twists on classics. I don’t do meat, but I bet that lobster version would ROCK!!! I was thinking about a thyme and feta spin on mashed potatoes.


    • Emily
      Nov 21, 2011 @ 10:08 am

      Oooh, love that idea! (I looooove feta cheese!)


  3. Alyse
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    I’m with your husband. I love mashed potates, especially with a twist! The potatoes with proscuitto and parmesan cheese sound amazing!


  4. Jill in Chicago
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Hi Emily! My coworkers and I are currently enjoying snacks from Lollihop that I won through your giveaway. The box arrived on Friday but I saved it to perk up our Monday :) Everything is super yummy! Thank you again!!!


    • Emily
      Nov 21, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

      Yay!!! I’m so glad to hear that! Enjoy!


  5. mary beth
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    ha! we do “question of the day” every monday at our staff meeting. today’s was favorite or least favorite thanksgiving dish. mine is mashed potatoes too. :) i might have to give this a try – perhaps it will change my mind.


  6. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    I’m honestly not that into normal mashed potatoes – but these look awesome! Anything with proscuitto is a great idea in my book!


  7. Lindsay @ biking before bed
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    I’m not a huge mashed potato fan either. I much prefer roasted or baked potatoes. I think my biggest beef with mashed potatoes is the uniform texture. I love the idea of prosciutto for some crunch.


  8. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    Great photos, Emily! I love the prosciutto in there.


  9. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    YUM! Loved your potato bar at your wedding and I know Tyler and I would both love these!


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