Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasting garlic will change your life. The garlic sweetens as it roasts and results in a golden brown bite of deliciousness. Add that to comforting, creamy mashed potatoes and you have a winner of a side dish.

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To roast the garlic, cut the bulbs in half, place them on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Close the foil up tight like a purse and place directly on the oven rack. Then sit back and enjoy the aroma that fills your kitchen.

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Once the garlic is finished roasting, let it cool slightly and then squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins. Take a knife and smash the garlic into a paste. Be careful to remove all skins from the garlic paste. As you can see in this picture, there was one still in there.

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Prepare your mashed potatoes as usual and then add the roasted garlic paste and mix well. The garlic brings a big layer of flavor to the potatoes. I always make these as a side dish to my savoury meatloaf.

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 bulbs garlic, roasted

Preparation:

Roasted Garlic:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the tops off the garlic bulbs and sit them root down on a piece of aluminum foil.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the tops of garlic bulbs and then wrap foil around them to make a packet.
  • Sit packet on cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let garlic bulbs cool slightly and squeeze softened cloves out onto cutting board.
  • Use a knife blade to smash garlic and set aside.

Mashed Potatoes:

  • Peel potatoes, if you prefer. I like to leave the skins on Yukon golds. Cut potatoes into chunks.
  • Place potatoes in a large stockpot, add salt and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to maintain a boil.
  • Cook until fork tender.
  • Heat the half and half and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Drain potatoes, mash and add the garlic cream mixture and butter; stir to combine.

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