Monday, November 22, 2010

A Staple Thanksgiving Side Dish: Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

It's Thanksgiving week, so we'll be highlighting some of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes!  I think most people consider mashed potatoes to be a Thanksgiving dinner staple.  There are many variations of mashed potatoes, but one of my favorites is roasted garlic!

When it comes to mashed potatoes, you can really use any kind of potato.  I typically use Russet because they're the cheapest, but red potatoes make for creamier mashed potatoes.  If there's ever a time to "splurge" on potatoes, Thanksgiving is it! There aren't exact measurements for this recipe, because it's very much a taste-and-adjust-to-meet-your-preferences type of dish.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
3 to 4 lbs. potatoes
2 bulbs roasted garlic
3 oz. cream cheese
5 Tbsp. butter
Salt and pepper, to taste

Wash and peel potatoes, if desired, then cube.

Place in a large pot and cover with water.  Boil potatoes until tender; drain.  Return potatoes to pan.  Mash potatoes, using a potato masher, fork, or hand mixer (I usually use a fork, but would prefer a potato masher if I had one).  Add butter and cream cheese; mix well.  Add roasted garlic (you may want to start with one bulb and taste before adding the second) and mix until well combined.

Add milk, if necessary, to reach desired consistency.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Savor and enjoy!  I think these are good enough that you don't even need gravy!

To make your meal preparation a little bit easier, you can cut the potatoes in the morning and cover them with water to prevent browning.  When you're ready to make the potatoes, simply put them on the stove and cook!

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