Thanksgiving Potatoes

I was looking for a fun potato recipe, when I stumbled on a recipe called Mayflower Potatoes! What is more Thanksgiving than the Mayflower?!! We tried it. I have no idea why that is the name other than the fact that the half of potato could look like a boat? Em.

This recipe was rather bland. My guests (can you believe I served an unknown recipe to guests?!) thought they were good. At least that is what they said. If there was more salt and cheese, I would have liked these much better.

Bottom line, if you don’t like mashed potatoes, this would be fun, especially with a sage leaf “sail”, but I think I am sticking with the traditional. How about you?


  • 6 potatoes, medium sized
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped ham or bacon
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream or a white sauce
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Optional: sharp shredded cheese, garlic, parsley, sauteed mushrooms, etc


  1. Bake potatoes for 30 minutes at 450.
  2. Let cool slightly and cut in half lengthwise. (or you could just lop off the top of your potato for bigger boats).
  3. Scoop out the center leaving a thick shell and cut removed portion into small cubes. Mix with the ham and cream (also adding any optional ingredients you would like) and fill the boats.
  4. Place boats in a buttered dish and brush with beaten egg yolk.
  5. Continue to bake at 450 until golden brown and tender.
  6. Here is the mixture. It is quite dry. I would also add more cream if you waistline can handle it!

    And here are the scooped out potato skins. I wasn’t awesome at this, but they tasted fine!



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