Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Everyone has that one dish that brings back cherished memories of family gatherings and warm, comforting meals. For me, that dish is Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Originating from the humble kitchens of Europe, this classic side dish has been a staple for centuries.
One particular memory that stands out is a summer picnic with my grandparents. We gathered in a picturesque park, and my grandmother brought a large bowl of her famous garlic mashed potatoes. As we sat under a shady tree, sharing stories and savoring the delicious food, the aroma of garlic infused the air, creating an unforgettable experience.
- 4 large Russet potatoes
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Start by peeling the potatoes and cutting them into evenly sized chunks. This ensures that they cook evenly and result in a creamy texture.
- In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add a pinch of salt. Carefully add the potato chunks and cook for about 15 minutes or until they are tender when pierced with a fork.
- While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
- Drain the cooked potatoes and return them to the pot. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency.
- Pour the melted butter and garlic mixture over the mashed potatoes. Add the milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Continuously stir until well combined and creamy. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
- Serve the Garlic Mashed Potatoes hot, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh herbs such as parsley or chives.
Tips and Variations:
If you want to take your Garlic Mashed Potatoes to the next level, try these tips and variations:
- For an extra burst of flavor, roast the garlic before adding it to the mashed potatoes. Simply drizzle a few cloves of garlic with olive oil, wrap them in foil, and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 30 minutes. The roasted garlic will add a sweet and nutty taste.
- Experiment with different types of potatoes. Yukon Gold or red potatoes also work well in this recipe, and they offer a slightly different texture and flavor.
- Add grated Parmesan cheese for a cheesy twist. The sharpness of the cheese complements the rich garlic flavor.
- If you prefer a creamier texture, use half-and-half or heavy cream instead of whole milk.
- Serve the mashed potatoes alongside a juicy steak, roasted chicken, or any other main dish of your choice.