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Best Mashed Potatoes

Quick name one thing better than creamy, buttery, steamy, perfect mashed potatoes! See? You can't! So, put down the instant potatoes! Though people have many different thoughts on mashed potatoes (skin vs skinless, milk vs cream, butter vs sour cream vs both?!), we on the Delish Test Kitchen team put our culinary noggins together to create these near-perfect spuds.  And making these homemade mashed potatoes is insanely easy. But what actually separates amazing mashed potatoes from subpar ones? See our top tips below.

INGREDIENTS3 lb. potatoes (about 4 large, combo of russets and Yukon Golds)Kosher salt1 stick butter, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish1/2 c. milk1/2 c. sour creamFreshly ground black pepper

Brownie Bottom Pumpkin Cheesecake

Let’s face it: Pumpkin anything is a crowd pleaser in its own right. When combined with two the most popular desserts in the history of the dessert creation, it is a must-make for fall. We used Spice Islands Pumpkin Pie Spice in our cheesecake, which blends cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, mace and cloves to capture everyone’s favorite seasonal flavor.

Remember to let cheesecake cool in oven (with the heat off and the door propped open) before placing it in the refrigerator.

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE BROWNIEBaker’s Joy Baking Spray3/4 c. all-purpose flour1/4 c. dark cocoa powder1/2 tsp. kosher salt1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” pieces1 3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips3/4 c. granulated sugar3/4 c. packed light brown sugar3 large eggs, room temperature1 tsp. Spice Islands Pure Vanilla ExtractFOR THE CHEESECAKE2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened3/4 c. packed light brown sugar2 large eggs, room temperature2/3 c. pure pumpkin puree2 tbsp. sour cream, room temperature1 tbsp. all-purpose flour1 tsp. Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract1 tsp. Spice Islands Pumpkin Pie Spice, plus more for garnish1/4 tsp. kosher saltThick caramel sauce and whipped cream, for garnish

Stovetop Garlicky Kale Mac & Cheese

Change up pasta night with this easy twist on classic mac & cheese. Everything—including the kale, macaroni, and cheesy, melted Velveeta—cooks in one dish. It’s hearty comfort food at its finest.Have you made this? Let us know how it came out in the comments below!

INGREDIENTS2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil4 cloves garlic, grated2 bunches lacinato kale, ribbed, roughly chopped1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper1 tsp. hot pepper flakes4 c.  water1 lb. shells10 oz. Velveeta, cut into ½” cubes