Everyone always says that making mashed potatoes is a labor of love. Well, these were not! I love chopping stuff with my big chef’s knife though so maybe that’s why. Anyways, very simple and delicious:) And when I say simple, believe me, you can do it.
4 lbs potatoes (I used a mix of russet and red baby)
12 tbsp. butter
12 garlic cloves (used a whole lot more than this too)
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 cup water
Simply, peel majority of potatoes (we like a little of the skin in ours) and then cube them. Cut the butter into pieces, and put 8 tbsp. back in the fridge for a while. Mince your garlic.
Melt the butter and sauté the garlic with the tsp of sugar, about 4 minutes. Rinse your potatoes in a colander, then add these, half and half, water, and salt to the pot. Bring this to a boil, then reduce to medium-low, cover, and let sit about 30 minutes. Stir this occasionally so all the potatoes cook evenly.
Off the heat, add the rest of your butter, 1/4 cup half and half, salt and pepper, and mix with an electric mixer.
Note: Next time I make these, I’ll probably melt in some cheese and add some scallions.
Any suggestions for cheese?