Friendsgiving Top Five

November 6, 2015

If, like us, you found yourself wishing you’d received an invitation to Gaby Dalkin’s fun- and food-filled Friendsgiving feast, you’re in luck. The What’s Gaby Cooking blogger has graciously shared with us her top tips for hosting a successful Friendsgiving gathering, as well as a recipe for perhaps the most epic mashed potatoes of all time. Can’t wait to dig in? Go for it!

Gaby’s Friendsgiving Top Five…

…Hostessing Tips
– Set the table early—even the day before.
– Be sure to stock plenty of white and red wine, and maybe even some rosé.
– Keep the bar stocked with lots of whiskey and scotch—those spirits seem to be making quite the statement this year.
– Prep as much of the food as possible ahead of time so you’re not overwhelmed when people arrive.
– Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you’re keeping an eye on the main course, put someone else in charge of tossing the salad or pouring wine for the dinner table.

…Must-Make Dishes
– Mashed Potatoes
– Persimmon Salad
– Stuffing
– Rack of lamb
– Anything with pumpkin (except pie!)

…Décor Ideas
– Flowers—mandatory! Grab some fall colors and go to town.
– Wine glasses all over the table is one of my favorite looks.
– Gold silverware—it’s such a statement.
– A table runner is much better than an tablecloth, in my opinion. Plus they’re easier to clean.
– Cheese boards make the most gorgeous edible dećor.

…Activities & Ice-Breakers
– Celebrity—everyone puts a name of someone famous onto a piece of paper. Then they tape that piece of paper to the person’s forehead sitting next to them, and the person has to ask yes or no questions to the group until they get it right. It’s hands-down my favorite was to break the ice!
– Scattergories
– Two truths and a lie
– Football
– Post-feast walk around the neighborhood to burn off some calories before dessert!

Gaby’s Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
8 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk, more if needed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons Mascarpone cheese
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Freshly chopped chives

Peel and dice potatoes, making sure all are about 1-inch cubes. Place in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender.

Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain off water. Press the diced potatoes through a ricer and then place back into the warm pot. Add the cream, butter, Parmesan, mascarpone and stir to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper and fold in the chopped chives.

More recipes from Gaby’s Friendsgiving table, right this way.