This classic holiday side gets an update with the simple addition of slivered fennel. The mild hint of licorice in the fennel adds wonderful flavor and texture to the creamy potatoes, and breathes new life into an otherwise plain side dish.
According to our kid testers, smashing and mushing the cooked potatoes with an old-fashioned potato masher is the best part of making this classic side dish. For a garnish, top each cloud of mashed potatoes with a homemade herbed butter pat.
These potato pancakes are a classic in our household, where they are served with everything from roast chicken to sausages or eaten as an appetizer during the holidays. We like them most often with sausage patties and applesauce.