Make #Thanksgiving Easy! Two of My Easy Sides. #good2knowspreads #spon

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This year I am hosting Thanksgiving at our house for my brother-in- law and his family. I wanted to give my Thanksgiving dinner a trial run and I did that back in October. Honestly it was super exciting { and yummy} to have Thanksgiving dinner in mid-October. Why do we only cook that meal once a year? I didn’t roast an entire turkey though. I took a few shortcuts here and there like buying a turkey breast and cooking it in the crockpot all day with a little stock. Totally delicious.

Rather than making 99 side dishes like I typically do on Thanksgiving I made just three. Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Can’t have turkey without stuffing.

So, here is my top secret mashed potato recipe that everyone in my family is always asking for. I read recently that a recipe shouldn’t be a secret because food is meant to be shared. So fine, I’ll share. 🙂

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Garlic and Cheese Mashed Potatoes
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Recipe type: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
  • Ingredients:
  • 5 pound bag of russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 2 gloves of garlic smashed
  • ½ cup of CountryCrock spread
  • ½ cup Mascarpone cheese
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Method:
  2. Add the chopped potatoes and smashed garlic to a large pot of cold and salted water. Bring the pot to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork tender.
  3. Strain the potatoes and garlic in a colander and add back to the pot.
  4. Add the CountryCrock, Mascarpone, milk, and mash until you get the consistency you are looking for. Taste for seasoning and add any more salt and pepper.

Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing
{adapted from Everyday Food magazine}
  1. 1 loaf of stale Italian bread cut into cubes
  2. 4 tablespoons of CountryCrock spread
  3. 4 celery stalks, cleaned and thinly sliced
  4. 2 carrots, peeled, and diced small
  5. 1 large sweet onion {like Vidalia} minced
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. salt and pepper
  8. 1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
  9. 1/2 cup parsley leaves, cleaned and chopped
  10. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  11. 1/2 box of chicken stock or 2 cups


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large oven proof pan {I used a cast iron skillet} melt CountryCrock over medium heat, add celery, onion, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add wine, and cook until evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • To vegetables in bowl, add bread, parsley, and eggs. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Mix in half of broth. Continue to add more broth just until stuffing is moistened but not wet.
  • You can either stuff your turkey with some of the stuffing mixture before you roast it or do like I did and  put the mixture back into your skillet. Bake until warmed through about 45 minutes and golden brown.

I hope you and your family enjoy these recipes as much as we do. What are some of your must have side dished to celebrate the holidays?

Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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About Candice

Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. YUMMMMMM! I’m totally marking down this mashed potato recipe – I love trying new things with my mashed taters and this one is new for me with the marscapone. thank you for sharing!!!!

  2. Those mashed potatoes look AMAZING!!!

  3. I love how colorful the stuffing is. So much more appetizing than the box stuff 🙂

  4. I want to dive headfirst into those mashed potatoes. I’m so serious!

  5. You are always the best cook! That looks simply amazing!

  6. These sides look AWESOME!!!

  7. OMG!
    I’m a mashed potato lover and thos look insanely incredible!!
    Totally using this!!!

  8. Yum yum, in the tum!! 😉

  9. These look DELICIOUS! Yummy! I think I gained a pound just looking at them – love it. 😉

  10. OMG, i’m stealing that mashed potatoes recipe because it looks AMAZING!! thank you for sharing your recipes!!

  11. Yum, I am going to use your mashed recipe– also, your stuffing looks sooo yum! Thanks!

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