6. Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

This pumpkin recipe for mashed potatoes makes a savory side dish for a dinner party or evening meal. Slice and peel 2  pounds of russet potatoes, and boil water in a large, covered saucepan. Boil the potatoes until they are tender, or approximately 20 minutes, then drain. Combine 2 Tbsp of melted butter and 4 ounces of softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Place the hot potatoes over the cream cheese mixture, then add a 1/4 cup of milk. Use an electric mixer beginning on the low setting and gradually switch to the medium and high settings over 4-5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of pumpkin puree and fresh thyme. Heat the mashed potatoes in a saucepan before serving. Garnish the plated potatoes with melted butter and thyme.

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