Garlic Mashed Potatoes





Introduction: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Garlic mashed potatoes are now traditional, at least at our house, and for good reason.

Step 1: Chop Potatoes

Chop potatoes* and add to cold, empty pot. The smaller the chunks the faster they'll cook. Here I've used ~2lbs of yukon golds in a 2.5qt pot.

Add lots of garlic. I generally use a handful/pound of potatoes, but I'm a big fan. You can also choose to roast your garlic separately for mashing-in later, or to grate fresh garlic into the hot potatoes to be lightly cooked during mashing. Boiling** the garlic with the potatoes is a lazy but efficient way to go.

*You can use most any type of potatoes except those waxy new potatoes. Super-starchy potatoes like Russets work well, as do varieties like Yukon Golds (shown here; they've got a buttery taste) and those awesome-looking blue/purple ones. Choose what you like, and what fits your color scheme.

**Don't worry about losing nutrients to the boiling water- these are mashed potatoes! Nobody but the pre-famine Irish get their vitamins from potatoes anyway- that's what real vegetables are for. Mashed potatoes are a delicious vehicle for butter, cream, salt, cheese, garlic, and other wonderful flavors- sort of like french fries. Don't even bother pretending they're health food, and life will be much better.

Step 2: Boil

Add water to cover, and bring to a boil.

Be careful about covering the pot- potatoes are prone to boiling over and creating a gigantic starchy mess. Setting the cover on at an angle isn't sufficient- you really need to yank it before the pot comes to a full boil.

Step 3: Drain and Mash

When the potatoes are fork-tender, drain* them and get out the potato masher. This is a fine way to put kitchen loiterers or volunteers to work.

Add butter, salt, and pepper to taste as you mash. Add cream and mash some more. Make sure you're adding enough fat- this is a decadent holiday dish, not health food. Do it right. I added a stick of butter to my 2lbs of potatoes, but didn't have any cream on hand- sad.

*You can drain them in a collander then dump them back into the pot, or carefully angle the pot lid and drain the scalding water out of the crack. Don't try this last one unless you're strong enough to handle the full pot and are sure you know what you're doing.

Step 4: Add Extras & Serve

Potential extras:
chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives, oregano, tarragon, etc)
dried spices (chili powder, allspice, cumin, etc)
cheese (parmesan, cheddar, chevre, blue, etc)

Select additional flavorings to match your mood and stir or mash them in.

You want to serve mashed potatoes warm, so if you're not serving immediately cover the container and either wrap it in an insulating towel or store it in a warm space. You can also tuck it in the oven for a few minutes just prior to serving, then fluff the surface before you put it on the table.

Sorry for the lack of carefully-posed picture, but we were entirely too hungry.



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    Great recipe, but i would suggest to add some roasted bacon and a little bit sugar.

    Very nice instructable. I have an all potato cook book that says "after you drain put back on the heat and watch carefully turning the whole time, potatoes will turn chalky looking and 'floury'. Then HAND mash"   Must be a pro thing cause for me it just makes em stick. But anyhow...       

        I find if I use a bit of butter and the rest sour cream, nno milk,  they taste the same but leftovers from the microwave are as smooth as fresh cooked.
       I roast garlic and put in mine also. Oven to 325, head of garlic in glassware dish, cook for one hour.  Wait till you find out how well this makes a house smell.

       Take two roasted cloves, cut tip off and squeeze "paste" into potatoes when adding the butter.

      The number one mashed tater trick......  Yukon Gold  nuf said

    I have that same green Old Navy belt!

    yummy!  i've also added half and half, whole milk, buttermilk, sour cream, etc (you get the picture) and lots of butter.  Double yummy!


    it's flaked salmon and mashed potatoes (with seasoning as desired) in a pie crust, it is then best to eat with ketchup


    Sounded delicious; so I made it for Thanksgiving. It came out... Excellent. I used small red potatoes with the peel and did not skimp on butter and cream with lots of garlic as the instructions said. Again Excellent and a big hit at the table.

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    Sounds delicious, but still a bit too bland for my tastes (I'd toss in more butter, cream, garlic, and rosemary). When I was younger, my mom would use her full spice cabinet at every chance she could. If I can get the ingredients, I'll make an instructable on her amazing potato pie. Definitely will send those with cardiovascular problems to the hospital, but damn, is it delicious.

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    Sounds perfect for Thanksgiving- that's the kind of food you really only eat once/year. Please share!

    scary amateur chemistry in the kitchen


    Canida you're my hero, when my albums sell a lot and i'm rich, i ll hire you as my cook :p

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    W-O-W I would'nt mind coming to your house for dinner Canida,but I'd probably get trampled in the rush................................

    These look realy good, but i must add, it tasts much better with Red Potatos, crap load o garlic, 1/4cup sour cream, and some mixed in "whipped whipping cream. :- (| |)

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    Red potatoes are tasty, but usually don't mash well because their starch content is much lower than Yukon golds or the standard Russets. They're better suited for potato salads. Sour cream is a perfect substitute for cream, especially since it keeps longer in the fridge.

    I don't know about that. Chicken Out (a rotiserie chain resturaunt) has the best mashed potatos ever and they use red-skinned potatoes. By the way, I make my potatoes the same way as this nistructable, but one thing I suggest people try is adding a little bit of chicken stock when mashing - it adds a great flavor.

    the most important tip is not included above: you must melt your butter and heat your cream before adding to your potatoes! Cold milk or cold butter will cause the potatoes to turn into a glue-like blob...