Like it or not, November has arrived. These days I would really prefer to skip right past November and move straight into December. (If you are a relatively new reader and don’t know the backstory, you can read more about it here). However, I recently made these creamy chive potatoes and only afterward realized that they would be a perfect fit for a Thanksgiving side dish.  Some prep can be done in advance, they require only a few ingredients and very little attention.  Oh, and they are totally awesome in the way the very best potato dishes should be.  Potatoes and rolls were always my favorite part of Thanksgiving anyway.  Sometimes simple foods are the best, and this is simplicity at its finest.  I’m still not sure whether I’ll be hosting Thanksgiving or not this year but I’m sure if I do, these will be making an appearance on our table.


  • 2 lbs. potatoes (Russett or Yukon Gold)
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh chives


  • 01

    Peel the potatoes and cut them into ½-inch cubes. Combine in a Dutch oven with the milk, cream, butter and garlic.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, lower to a simmer, and let cook until just tender, about 15-20 minutes.  Remove and discard the smashed garlic cloves.  Season with salt to taste, then stir in the fresh chives and serve immediately.

  • Christina

    Simple and easy, just the way I like it!

  • amy

    Annie, I am a longtime reader who was just thinking YESTERDAY about how I wanted to write you a note to say that I was thinking about you this month. While I know this holiday is so difficult for you and your family, please find comfort in the fact that you make so many other families happy on Thanksgiving through your delicious recipes. Sending a hug from VA!

  • annieseats

    Thanks Amy. While this year already feels far better than this time last year, it’s still not pleasant. I really appreciate my sweet readers like you who have thought of us and sent words of encouragement. It means so much!

  • Angela

    Potatoes are my favorite too. Can’t wait to try these. I wish you much peace. You have a great gift and you kindly share it with others amidst your busy life. Your family is blessed to have you. When going through the 4 deaths to cancer I had to endure this year, I found life and peace in my kids. Hug your kids when it gets hard. It makes things a whole lot better.

  • Krysten

    Thinking about you and your family during this difficult month. <3

  • Liz

    I’m definitely adding this to my list to make over the holidays! Thinking of you this month :)

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    These look gorgeous and sooo comforting for when it’s freezing cold outside!! Definitely pinning these :)

  • Caroline L.

    Looks ridiculously amazing!

    I’m a longtime reader, and know about the difficult times you’ve gone through. I hope that with each coming year, the pain gradually decreases but the memories and love never disappears! Much love and good thoughts to you and yours. xx

  • Natalie

    Annie, I am huge fan of your blog and I truly hope that this holiday season turns out to be a lot brighter and happier for you and your family. I am sending good vibes and prayers that this gets better for you in time as well.

    God bless and at least enjoy the Starbucks Holiday cups? They came out earlier this year! You’ve helped me enjoy a gingerbread latte all year round now. :)

  • Amelia

    Oh Annie, you are such a strong woman. My heart and prayers are with you, as I can remember very well when you posted the saddest news. I’m a long time reader, back from the before Andrew days on the nest, and used to read your family blog when it was public. You will always be in my t & p, especially during the holidays.

  • annieseats

    Thank you so much Amelia. Of course I remember you from those days :) (If you still want to read the family blog, I will give you permission – I know you well enough :)

  • annieseats

    Oh Angela, I’m so sorry for your many losses this year. Yes, my kids have been my saving grace through all of this. They bring me so much joy no matter what else is happening.

  • Amelia

    You are so sweet. I would love that. :)
    Stay in touch and let me know when the next SC trip is in the works.

  • Liz N.

    Each time this season rolls around, I always think of you and your family. I hope that you’re able to get through this month with less of a heavy heart and more of one that’s full of new happy memories with your adorable kiddos, Ben and loved ones. {Sending you a virtual hug!}.

    These potatoes will make the menu this year. It’ll be a nice change up from standard mashed potatoes! I use your Thanksgiving Prep Series as my go-to for menu planning. Always such a great resource for any big holiday!

  • Emily Clark

    I remember reading your post after it happened and felt so heartsick for you and your family. What a blessing that you have had such wonderful and loving parents; and it’s apparent that you are passing that strong love through your own little family :)
    Thank you for all your posts, especially when you’ve been so busy. It’s truly a highlight during my days!

  • Steph in Lex

    These look so awesome. I’m so glad that you’re back to posting more often!

  • :( That’s how I feel about September. But hopefully you can find some happiness this holiday season with your family. It’s so so hard…sending hugs!

    And comfort foods like this help, at least a little. :)

  • Melissa Brooker

    Annie, you and your family are always In my thoughts during November. I still remember coming to your blog and reading the post about your dad, my heart sank even though I don’t personally know you. I also grew up with a single father after my moms death when I was 2. I was just thinkibg about you and how you must be feeling before I saw this update. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

  • Tara

    Long time reader, first time commenting. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this bittersweet time of the year. You are truly an inspiration of a woman with your career, family, blog, kitchen and photography talents, friend to so many, and amazingly upbeat outlook on life. I’m an Indy girl, too, and wonder if I will ever run into you out and about. Hug your little ones extra hard this time of the year.

  • Jo Kennedy

    Annie, I too think about you this month. I would like to skip October! The pain of loosing my brother and dad will never go away, I will just slowly get used to it. Hugs to you.

  • Karen

    I was just thinking about this too. Your loss touched me because of your beautiful way with words and the way my dad was my rock.

  • Thoughts and prayers are with you, Annie. And these potatoes – love it! I’m not hosting this year but I may make this for Christmas dinner!

  • Larisa

    I’ve read for a long time, and I can understand wanting to skip this month. Thinking of you and your family.

  • annieseats

    Ugh, I’m so sorry Jo. Thinking of you too.

  • annieseats

    Tara, thank you so much. You are so kind.

  • annieseats

    Thank you Emily!

  • annieseats

    I’ll send it later today. It was quite silent for the past several months but I’ve recently started posting again.

  • This potato recipe is knocking my socks off, pinning! Yes!!

  • Denise Wesely

    Made these last night. Definitely a keeper recipe…so easy and delicious!

  • Thinking of you this November, Annie! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I could dive right into those creamy potatoes!

  • Angel Shadoff

    This looks so darn good. Thanks for sharing. Really hoping this November can bring your family joy – I know this month will be hard.

  • Name

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but never commented. I am touched by your loss – as this year I will be going through the same thing. Last year we lost my dad 2 days before Christmas. I’ve never felt pain before like I did on that Christmas – even though we tried to celebrate in his honor. I wish you peace and love with your family this Thanksgiving.

  • annieseats

    You are in my thoughts as well. I hope the holiday is as painless as possible for you.

  • OurHouseisHome

    These were so good! We mashed them after cooking them, then added the chives. I would eat them every day if I didn’t gain weight :)