Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our many blessings, one of them obviously being mashed potatoes. Piled high in a glorious display of showmanship, we like to think their bounteous beauty is a metaphor for the richness of life. (Or something.) Mashed potatoes prove that the humble potato, with hard enough work and big enough dreams, can rise up and turn itself into a gleaming beacon of success. That’s what the American dream is all about, right?
But really, mashed potatoes are one of the top three things to look forward to at Thanksgiving dinner. That is, unless you totally mess them up. And though mashed potatoes seem simple, they’re actually pretty finicky, and surprisingly easy to destroy.
Below are the top 10 mistakes that you’re possibly making with your mashed potatoes, and tips for how to avoid making those goofs. This Thanksgiving, you’re going to have the best mashed potatoes ever.