Thursday, January 28, 2010

Spectacular Sides: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

If you've never made roasted garlic before, then you are missing out on a delicious addition of flavor to your meals!'s good!

Our family loves mashed potatoes, and although we all like the traditional version with just butter, milk, salt & pepper, we all go "ga ga" whenever I make this particular mashed potato recipe. It is that good!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

2 - 2 1/2 lbs potatoes
1 whole garlic bulb
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 Tbsp dried chives

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel potatoes and cut into even-size pieces. Place in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, take grab your garlic bulb.

Separate garlic cloves, but do not peel them. Place in a bowl, add olive oil and toss to coat.

Place garlic cloves on a baking sheet.
Roast in oven until softened, about 10 minutes. Allow roasted garlic to coo slightly.

Drain potatoes and return to pot, or place in a large mixing bowl. Add sour cream and butter. Squeeze pulp from garlic cloves into pot.
Mash potatoes with either a potato masher, or do like I do, and use an electric mixer (I prefer mine creamy, not lumpy). Add salt, pepper and chives. Mash potatoes until combined and smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve and enjoy!

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