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Mashed Potatoes with Garlic

Serves 8

There are so many ways to add flavor to mashed potatoes when you want a quick and easy side dish that is a little different. This recipe, which adds the mellow flavor of cooked garlic, is one example. The recipe can be made in any amount needed.


Cook potatoes in lightly salted boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain; return to pot and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté an additional 3 minutes. Add onions and garlic to potatoes. Add remaining butter and mash until smooth. Add milk gradually, whipping well until desired consistency. Taste for seasoning; add salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately or keep warm in a double boiler over simmering water, stirring well and adding milk if needed before serving.

Notes: You can use any kind of boiling or waxy potatoes for mashing. My favorite is the Yukon gold, a great all purpose potato that is equally good in recipes that call for boiling, baking or roasting.