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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes


What is Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes? Not Thanksgiving, that's what. Mashed potatoes are one of the most delectable sides and are super versatile. You can add nearly anything to them- herbs, cheeses, vegetables, etc. I decided on a very yummy roasted garlic mashed potato. Roasted garlic has a wonderful flavor to it- savory with the smallest hint of sweetness from the caramelization that happens in the oven.
These potatoes were out of this world good! They were an excellent addition to our Thanksgiving feast, and even better drowned in gravy!


Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
recipe slightly adapted from here

  • 1 1/2 lbs red potatoes
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste (you're going to need a ton of salt)
  • chives, chopped, to garnish
Roasting the garlic:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel the outer covering off of the head of garlic, but leave the the casings around the individual cloves. Cut the very top of the head off so that the tops of the cloves are exposed. 
  3. Place the head of garlic in the cup of a muffin tray and drizzle with olive oil. Cover the top with tin foil. 
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves are golden in color and feel soft.
Making the mashed potatoes:
  1. Boil the potatoes until fork tender (20-30 minutes). Drain the potatoes.
  2. Mash the potatoes with the roasted garlic, half-and-half, cream cheese, and butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Garnish with chives, or any herb of your choice (or leave it out like me!).


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