Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Published September 1, 2000.

Why this recipe works:

Cooking the potatoes in their skins and peeling them after cooking for rich, earthy flavor was the first step toward our ultimate garlic mashed potatoes recipe. For richness and great garlic flavor, we used plenty of melted butter, stirred in half-and-half after adding the butter, and toasted… read more

Cooking the potatoes in their skins and peeling them after cooking for rich, earthy flavor was the first step toward our ultimate garlic mashed potatoes recipe. For richness and great garlic flavor, we used plenty of melted butter, stirred in half-and-half after adding the butter, and toasted the garlic cloves in a covered skillet over low heat.

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Serves 4

Avoid using unusually large garlic cloves, which will not soften adequately during toasting. Yukon Gold, red, russet, or white potatoes can be used--each turns out a different texture. For smooth mashed potatoes, a food mill or potato ricer fitted with the finest disk is the best choice. For chunky mashed potatoes, use a potato masher, decrease the half-and-half to 3/4 cup, and mash the garlic to a paste with a fork before you add it to the potatoes.

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