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  • Writer's pictureHeather Green

My Mother’s Thanksgiving Clapshot Recipe

Updated: Dec 23, 2023

One Thanksgiving side I ALWAYS look forward to is my mother’s clapshot. She usually made regular mashed potatoes during the year. On Thanksgiving, however, she’d make this delicious Scottish dish that is sure to replace your regular mashed potatoes at your Thanksgiving dinner table.


We are not Scottish (that I know of), but apparently that’s where this dish originated from. It’s a combination of potatoes and rutabagas that are mashed together and mixed with heavy cream and butter like regular mashed potatoes. I think the addition of the rutabagas gives it a richer more starchy taste. While this recipe is oftentimes just done by eye, I’ll try to measure things out as best as I can.

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  1. 1 Large Rutabega

  2. 2 Large Potatoes, You want to try to get the ratio of potatoes to rutabagas even here.

  3. Heavy Cream (this will be added to your mashed potatoes to give it a creamy texture. I would suggest starting at a few Tablespoons and then adding more for the desired texture

  4. Salt and Pepper

  5. 2-3 Tablespoons of butter

  6. Chives

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1.) Put a large pot on to boil.

2.) Skin both the potatoes and the rutabagas. Rutabagas tend to be sold in America with a wax coating that may make peeling them difficult with a traditional peeler. Instead, I suggest carefully cutting the skin away.

3.) Put the Rutabagas in FIRST and let them boil for around 10-15 minutes. They are much denser than potatoes and will need more time to get soft.

4.) Cut the Potatoes and the rutabagas into 1/4 inch pieces and place them into the boiling water until they are soft and a fork can easily pierce them and they slide off easily.

5.) Drain the water and mash them either with a fork or a traditional potato masher.

6.) Add your heavy cream in tablespoons until you get a creamy silky texture. Add your butter and salt as well. Taste as you go and add more heavy cream, butter, or salt as you see fit.

7.) Slice up the Chives and top the Clapshot with them. Enjoy while hot as a side, or eat the entire bowl by itself. (I won’t tell)

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I hope this is a new addition to your Thanksgiving dinner table and that you really enjoy it. If you’d like to be notified of future posts like this one, please SIGN UP HERE. If you’re looking to find something for the holidays, then be sure to check out my SHOP. As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog. It means a lot to me. Have a wonderful day! -Heather Astaneh

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