Monday, November 19, 2012

Southern Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes!

With Thanksgiving coming up, I'm sure everyone will be in the kitchen cooking up a storm...I know I will! So in honor of the day here are two recipes you're sure to enjoy! They are family favorites in my house. They also are great year round, not just for Thanksgiving!

I LOVE mashed potatoes! They are one of my favorite side dishes. And I must say it is one of those dishes that I feel I've perfected over the years. The key? Heavy cream, garlic, an electric mixer and drying out the potatoes before mashing. If I skip any of these steps, the results are never the same. I decided to use Country Crock this time around though. It's saving us some cholesterol and calories without sacrificing flavor! So here ya go! Enjoy and let me know how you like it!


6 medium russet potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
1 cup heavy cream
6 Tablespoons Country Crock Spread


1. Dice potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Place in a pot and cover with water. Add salt and put the lid on to help speed up the boiling process. Cook on med/high heat. Once the potatoes reach a boil remove the lid to prevent water from overflowing.

2. Once the potatoes are fork tender (meaning you can mash them easily with a fork) drain and place back into pot. This will help to dry up any excess moisture. We want creamy, not watery. 

3. Next, mash up the potatoes with a masher. Then using an electric mixer beat the potatoes to help break up any more lumps. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

4. Melt the Country Crock spread in the microwave and warm the heavy cream also.

5. Add the Country Crock Spread to the potatoes and mix with the electric mixer. Next slowly add the heavy cream until the potatoes reach desired consistency.

6. Serve and enjoy! Oh, and lick the beaters...they're delicious!

My mom has been making these green beans for years and for me, there's nothin like the taste of fresh green beans cooking in bacon drippings. Talk about delicious! I hope y'all enjoy these as much as I do!


3 strips of bacon
2 lbs. of green beans, trimmed and washed
1 onion diced
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large pot, melt the Country Crock Spread. 

2. Add the bacon and fry until it is cooked crisp.

3. Next, add the diced onions and saute until translucent.

4. Add green beans and 1 clove of minced garlic and stir together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Add 1 cup water then turn heat down to low and cover with a lid. Cook on low until tender, about 30 minutes unless you prefer al dente, then cook for only 15 minutes.

6. Serve and Enjoy!

Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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