What’s your secret to the best mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving?

Readers shared their family-tested techniques, some involving a little butter and others calling for “a stupid amount of butter.” nyti.ms/3xff9m8
One of the most common ways to differentiate mashed potato recipes is by using different kinds of spuds depending on what you like and what’s grown nearby. nyti.ms/30MAuaA
Mashed potatoes are typically not vegan because recipes call for dairy to help make the dish creamier. But which dairy products and how much to use are up for debate. nyti.ms/3oLjXMs
Though mashed potatoes may not be vegan, they’re often a popular vegetarian side dish at Thanksgiving. Unless you decide your turkey needs some company while it's roasting. nyti.ms/30Nv7Zg
Maybe, as one reader put it, the best mashed potatoes are whatever spuds are piled high on your Thanksgiving dinner plate. For ideas on how to make them fluffy, creamy and even more irresistible, read more: nyti.ms/3DIP1mr

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