Thursday, January 13, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I know.....garlic mashed potatoes, boring!

You are probably thinking to yourself that you've had garlic mashed potatoes dozens of times and you love them.....but, have you had these garlic mashed potatoes before?

People....please make them! After I ate them for Christmas dinner, I fantacized about them for days, then made a double batch and ate them for breakfast! Some people like to have something sweet after dinner....I was chowing down on seconds (okay...thirds) of these mashed spuds. No joke. You'll never eat any other garlic mashed potatoes again...swear!


Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Slightly Adapted from America's Test Kitchen 2009

2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled, halved then cut into 1 inch pieces
1 stick butter, plus 1-2 tablespoons
10 garlic cloves, minced (if your cloves are large, use half or about 5-6)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper

Place potatoes in a colander and rinse under cold water. Drain thoroughly. This is a very important step to eliminate excess starch, which produces gluey mashed potatoes.

Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Cook garlic and sugar, stirring often, until sticky and straw colored, 3 to 4 minutes. Add rinsed potatoes, 1 1/4 cups half-and-half, water and 1 teaspoon salt to pot and stir to combine. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes (the last 10 minutes, I cooked without the lid on to reduce liquid).

Remove from heat, add remaining butter to pot and mash with potato masher until smooth. If needed, fold in remaining half-and-half until liquid is absorbed and potatoes are creamy (some people like thicker mashed potatoes than others; we found we didn't need additional liquid).

Season with additional salt and pepper.!!

Recipe courtesy of America's Test Kitchen, slightly adapted by Brian on Christmas Day
Image courtesy of Google Images