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The New York Times was mocked on social media for sharing a "Two-Ingredient Mashed Potatoes" recipe that actually called for four ingredients.

"These mashed potatoes may be the simplest Thanksgiving side there is," the publication promised in their tweet.

Despite the recipe's namesake calling for two ingredients, the accompanying infographic illustrated four components necessary to make their simple dish.

The recipe listed two pounds of russet potatoes, 1/4 cup of sour cream, and salt and pepper, and it said to "boil potatoes in salted water until soft" and set aside a cup of the drained hot water for stirring back into the mashed taters, one tablespoon at a time.

The final instructions read, "Add sour cream, salt and pepper."


People were quick to call out the New York Times for the count discrepancy.

One neglected ingredient got a mention.

Perhaps this was what they were going for.

Some argued there were technically five ingredients indicated in the recipe.

If the publication was going for the blandest Thanksgiving side dish, they can count me out of this equation.