Foodie Friday--Garlic Mashed Potatoes

 Foodie Friday-October 16

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Foodie Friday is hosted by Michael of Designs by Gollum who always has wonderful food and recipes.  Click here to see what's cooking in the kitchens of many bloggers today.  I, myself, had the most delicious Garlic Mashed Potatoes for dinner Sunday.  I usually just wing it when making mashed potatoes but Sunday I mostly followed the wonderful food icon, Ina Gartner, for this recipe which I share today.  I think Ina and Julia Child share some of the same techniques.  One of them is to cook each vegetable separately before putting them together.  At least that is what Ina did in this recipe when she instructs to cook the garlic in olive oil first, then combine with the cooked potatoes when mashing them.

1/2 cup garlic cloves, peeled
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered (I used Idaho russets)
Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream, half and half, or creme fraiche (I used buttermilk)
In a small saucepan, bring the garlic and oil to a boilk then turn the heat to low and cook uncovered for 5 minutes, or until the garlic is lightly browned.  Turn offf the heat and set aside.  The garlic will continue to cook in the oil.
Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a large pot of salted water, bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are very tender.  With a slotted spoon remove the potatoes from the water, reserving the cooking water, and remove the garlic from the oil, reserving the oil.
Process the potatoes and garlic through a food mill fitted with the medium disc.  Add the reserved olive oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, the pepper, cream, and 3/4 cup of the cooking water to the potatoes ad mix with a wooden spoon.  Add more cooking water, if necessary, until the potatoes are creamy but still firm.  ( I did not use the cooking water, but used more buttermilk instead. I also did not use all the olive oil.  I added 3 big serving spoons of oil only and it seemed like plenty).  Yumm.
A side note:  To make ahead, keep the potatoes warm in a heat-proof bowl set over  simmering water.
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Haden News said...

I made garlic potatoes yesterday, but I think your look better!

susan said...

I would have used the milk instead of the water too! That is a great tip for keeping the potatoes warm!

Southerncook said...

I love garlic mashed potatoes and I prefer using buttermilk too. I watched Emeril make garlic mashed potatoes on his program tonight and he roasted the whole heads of garlic in the oven first. Halfing the heads of garlic, S&P and sprinkling with olive oil. This sounded very good as well and they mash very easily with the potatoes.

Tyler Florence did the same thing on his program today but wrapped the garlic cloves in aluminum foil and added a little water inside the foil. Did I mention that I am a FN junkie????

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

The Bloom Girls said...

I love garlic mashed potatoes! I am going to try roasting the garlic first, that sounds great! Thanks for sharing!!


Marie said...

They sound and look wonderful Jean! I often add a bit of onion to my mash. I will have to try this! I'd use milk too. Water and mash is a no no for me!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I love garlic mashed potatoes and I know garlic is good for your health. I guess it wards of vampires and the flu!

Thank you so much for all your thoughtful comments while I was under the weather.

Mary said...

What a terrific recipe! In response to one of your commenters I have to say garlic mashed potatoes keep vampires away, but the flu not so much :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe and tips with us. Have a great day.

Christi said...

Doesn't get any more comforting than mashed potatoes (unless you add garlic)!

Christi @ A Southern Life

ButterYum said...

Hello! Nothing better than a heaping helping of garlic mashed potatoes!


heartnsoulcooking said...

I love garlic! I think it's GREAT!!! in mashed potatoes. THANKS!!! Geri

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What's not to love! Guess what I'm making for dinner!!! Thank you for sharing and have a fabulous Foodie Friday!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Hello, garlic mashed potatoes. Those look so good. Thanks for sharing!