Saturday, November 17, 2012

Simple Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Simple Garlic Mashed Potatoes    


4 large red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into uniform quarters
4 -5 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in halves
warm milk
salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place potatoes and garlic into a large saucepan full of cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium, and boil for about 10-12 minutes. Check potatoes for doneness by poking a few wedges with a fork or skewer--if still firm, cook another minute or two and check again. Repeat until tender. Drain, taking care not to lose garlic cloves. Return potatoes to warm pot.
  2. Mash potatoes. Do not overwork, or potatoes will be tough (it's okay if there's a few lumps--it just means these are real potatoes, not from a box). Make sure to smash up the garlic, or pull out the cloves and squeeze in a garlic press.
  3. Add some butter, to taste (I usually use 2-3 T), and salt and pepper, also to taste. Mix until butter has melted.
  4. Add a little warm milk and beat it into the potatoes. Continue until potatoes are desired creaminess
  5. Cover pot with foil to keep warm until ready to serve. Potatoes will stay hot for 10-15 minutes this way. Servings: 4  

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