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Eat this! How to make mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving

What it is: Do we really need to tell you?

Where it comes from: Potatoes originated in South America and weren’t introduced to Europe until the 16th century. Whoever first decided to mash them is lost to history.

What to do with it: Floury russet potatoes work best for mashing. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Chef Shelley Young of The Chopping Block cookware stores and cooking schools in Lincoln Square and River North shares the classic technique in the video above.