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Old 08-08-2011, 05:02 PM
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Roast potatoes?

just been reading kelly anns thread about christmas crackers,so is having roast potatoes for christmas dinner also a uk tradition because here without roast potatoes people wouldn't bother with christmas dinner,just seen a few pics of what americans/canadians would have on there christmas dinner plate and mashed potatoes looks very common in all pics,just curios if this is the case.
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Where I come from, it's always mashed potatoes and gravy, for Christmas and Thanksgiving both. (My grandmother made wonderful mashed potatoes---my aunt swears she could have lived on them.) Down in the U.S. South I think sweet potatoes often show up on the holiday table, sometimes with a marshmallow topping. But ask a true Southerner about that. RJD?
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I agree Jayden, Christmas lunch just wouldn't be right without roasties!
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Actually have had a few holidays with Roast Potatoes so its not just a UK Thing at all. Now in the south it is usually will find both mashed with gravy and sweet potatoes with Marshmallows on top which gives a great crust.
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Originally Posted by MerryCarey View Post
Where I come from, it's always mashed potatoes and gravy, for Christmas and Thanksgiving both. (My grandmother made wonderful mashed potatoes---my aunt swears she could have lived on them.) Down in the U.S. South I think sweet potatoes often show up on the holiday table, sometimes with a marshmallow topping. But ask a true Southerner about that. RJD?
Yes, we do have sweet potatoes at every fall and winter major meal, at least here in Cajun country we do. We eat roasted potatoes all the time so it's nothing special or seasonal for us whereas the sweet potatoes are truly seasonal.
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Actually have had a few holidays with Roast Potatoes so its not just a UK Thing at all. Now in the south it is usually will find both mashed with gravy and sweet potatoes with Marshmallows on top which gives a great crust.
I have to admit I don't know if Marshmallow is something I could enjoy with potatoe sweeet or otherwise!!!

We have roast potatoes on a regular basis but I admit it nice to have them roasted in goose fat or with garlic, I also like to roast carrots & parsnips- getting hungry just thinking about it!
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Marshmallows roasted until they're crisp on top of sweet potatoes is awesome!

I prefer mine a bit less sweet though.

At my house...honestly, we usually have both sweet potatoes (more often as sweet potato casserole) and mashed potatoes. I don't know many people who eat roasted potatoes on Thanksgiving or Christmas here but that doesn't mean it's uncommon (I've just hardly ever heard of it).

You should share your recipe with us. Maybe we'll try it out! I can give you my winning mashed potato recipe if you want!
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We have mashed potatoes and we do the yams not sweet potatoes, they are hard to come by on the Island. We also have mashed turnip oh so yummy... We called the one dish candid yams, with brown sugar, butter, and marshmellows. Is is quit lovely really, the sweetness of the yam and the tartness of carnberry sauce... Oh my, it is making me hungry just writing it. But, my mother-in-law is from the UK, born and rasied came to the US married and then left when my husband was 18 back to the UK, so I always make a few roasted potatoes for her, she really enjoy's them. I worked down South and in the Mid-West and I noticed they served Mac & Cheese but not like any kind this out of this world homemade mac & cheese to die for let me tell you that. Also, in some parts Oysters are a big part of the holiday meal. I had Oyster Stew once and didn't know it until after I tried Oh my very good!!! I guess that is one reason why I love this place too we learn so much about other tridations it is so wonderful to learn them all.
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Thanksgiving we always have mashed potatoes & a lot of times sweet potato souffle too! Mmm, mmmm! WOW I can't wait for Thanksgiving!! Christmas at my in-laws we always have mashed taters, but at my parents we have Smokehouse Spaghetti as our main dish, so no taters at all for Christmas at my parents!
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We have mashed potatoes and we do the yams not sweet potatoes, they are hard to come by on the Island. We also have mashed turnip oh so yummy.
I had Oyster Stew once and didn't know it until after I tried Oh my very good!!! I guess that is one reason why I love this place too we learn so much about other tridations it is so wonderful to learn them all.
Mashed turnips?!? Weird. I would love to try that! About oysters, my ex-in-laws used to make oyster stuffing for the Christmas goose and it was out of this world!!!

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We have Smokehouse Spaghetti as our main dish, so no taters at all for Christmas at my parents!
What's Smokehouse Spaghetti?
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