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A Thanksgiving Tradition: The “Sinful Mashed Potatoes” Recipe

mashed_potatoesEvery Thanksgiving since 2008—that is, excepting last year (oops)—we’ve published the “sinful mashed potatoes” recipe right here on the WashingtonWatch.com blog. Why? Well, it sure makes the recipe easy to find when I need it. And maybe you’ll enjoy it, too.

But our track record hasn’t been stellar. In 2008, we published the recipe on Thanksgiving day in the early evening. That was lame. In 2009, we got it out there in the evening ahead of Thanksgiving—maybe just in time to run out for the ingredients. And in 2010, it went up right around the middle of the afternoon on Thanksgiving. Too late!

This year is special. We’re going up with the recipe a full day ahead of Thanksgiving. We’re giving you a real chance, this time, to make the “sinful mashed potatoes” recipe.

So here’s the recipe—Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

“Sinful” Mashed Potatoes
(serves 6-8)
2 C hot or cold mashed potatoes
1 large package (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temp
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 eggs
2 T flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 can 3.5 oz. French-fried onion rings

Put potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add cream cheese, chopped onion, egg, and flour. Beat at medium speed until ingredients are blended, then high speed until light and fluffy. Taste, add salt and pepper if needed.

Spoon into greased 9-inch-square baking dish. Distribute canned onions evenly over the top. Bake, uncovered, 300 degrees, for about 35 minutes.

As we’ve done in the past, we’ll also feature the bills in Congress related to food and hunger. Something for you to consider while the potatoes boil.

S. Res. 484 would designate June 7, 2012, as “National Hunger Awareness Day.” (So would S. Res. 204.) H. Res. 655 would express support for that designation.

H.R. 3177, the Hunger Relief Trucking Tax Credit Act, would provide a tax credit for the transportation of food for charitable purposes.

S. 166, the Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Extension Act of 2011, would permanently extend and expand the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory.

H.R. 350, the Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2011, would “provide greater access to the supplemental nutrition assistance program by reducing duplicative and burdensome administrative requirements,” and it would “authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to award grants to certain community-based nonprofit feeding and anti-hunger groups for the purpose of establishing and implementing a Beyond the Soup Kitchen Pilot Program for certain socially and economically disadvantaged populations.” The cost estimate we have for it puts it at about $7.50 per U.S. family.

There you have it. Your Thanksgiving review of hunger-related bills, to be considered while you whip up some sinfully delicious mashed potatoes…

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