Let's be honest here: The perfect Thanksgiving meal typically boils down to a mashed potato-eating contest. But getting the perfect batch of taters -- creamy, buttery, able to be formed into a fortified gravy wall -- is a huge time-suck, and an even bigger pain in the ass. You spend endless time washing the spuds, knick your fingers peeling them, then stand over a boiling vat of potato water. And that's before the mashing even starts and the temptation to just chuck them in the blender kicks in (don't do that… it'll turn into glue).
This recipe reduces that time, effort, and discomfort by using pre-made Trader Joe's scalloped potatoes and frozen mashers, resulting in a buttery, cheesy, gravy-ready bounty of starch. Just like mom used to make, if your mom loves Hawaiian shirts and hates peeling potatoes all goddamn day.