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Yukon Golds are the best choice for making creamy mashed potatoes and most potato gratins and casserole-type dishes.
Basic mash: You will need about 4 pounds or about 12 potatoes (5 to 6 ounces each) to make enough mashed potatoes for 12 servings (about 2/3 cup per serving). Whip up the cooked potatoes with 1 cup of milk or half-and-half, 1 stick of butter, salt and pepper to taste.
Dress it up: Place a whole bulb of garlic on a double layer of foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap it in the foil and place in the oven 1 hour before the turkey is ready. When garlic is soft, add any juices that accumulated in the bottom to cooked potatoes. Squeeze the softened garlic into the potatoes along with some butter and milk. Add fresh chopped thyme or chives. (For another idea, see Potato Gratin with Swiss Cheese recipe.)