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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These are not your everyday mashed potatoes. With roasted garlic and olive oil, you will find both the taste and texture to be flawless. They are great with just about any dish, and they include ingredients you probably have on hand.

4 medium potatoes (either russets or Yukon Golds)
8 cloves garlic
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup half and half, heated
2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil, add some salt, and continue cooking until the potatoes are soft - about 40 minutes.

2. Brush garlic cloves with olive oil and wrap in tin foil. Roast in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

3. Once potatoes are cooked, drain the water and carefully remove the skin from the hot potatoes. Mash potatoes with a potato masher and then add the butter and roasted garlic. Continue mashing until smooth.

4. Slowly add the half and half while mashing until a thick, but smooth consistency is produced. Finish the potatoes off with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and serve.