Sometimes a not-so-great experience can still turn into a positive thing. Nelson and I went out to celebrate our anniversary last week. We were excited to try a local-ish restaurant that had recently reopened in a larger location, despite the mixed reviews we’d read. I ordered the filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. Mouth watering, right? It was supposed to be. Sadly my steak was way over cooked and the bacon burned–soooo disappointing (insert sad pouty-lipped face). I took one forkful of my garlic mashed potato and was almost willing to overlook the bad steak (but my sensible side couldn’t accept that). Our server offered a new steak or other option. We had already waited so long that I just wasn’t willing to wait for another. Instead I ordered a burger–I figured it would be quick and easy (I hoped)–and it was now quite late into the evening. But as she whisked my plate away with an apology, I realized I’d lost the mash and regretted not having scooped another few mouthfuls. (So dramatic!)
Nelson (he’s a good guy I tell ya), felt really bad about my experience. He’d encouraged me to get the pricey dish (despite my reservations about the price–I’m more frugal (aka cheap) than Nelson). So what does he do? Okay I guess it’s pretty obvious now…but I’ll say it anyways…he made me garlic mashed potatoes and THE most delicious steak ever (you’ll see for yourself in an upcoming post). I’m a meat and potatoes kinda-girl so this suited me perfectly.
This mashed potato was truly delicious. I love mash this way–real potato–mashed but not completely smooth so you still get some potato pieces, with skin and a creamy garlic flavour to achieve perfection. I completely forgot about the mashed potato that got away at the restaurant (more drama). This isn’t the first time Nelson’s made this, and I’ve loved it every time, but the fact that he made this to make me happy after the experience at the restaurant made it even tastier than usual. I’m so lucky to have a partner who loves cooking for his family (and is good at it), and I’m grateful for these kind and heartfelt gestures. It might not seem like much to some, but it is special to me.
Happy anniversary and garlic mashed potato to us! We hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
Delicious Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
This roasted garlic mashed potato recipe is creamy, fluffy and amazing with the roasted garlic. This is a perfect side for grilled or roasted beef, chicken or pork.
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
- 4 lbs Red Skin Potatoes, washed and cut into even size pieces
- 1 tbsp coarse salt (used while boiling the potatoes)
- 1 cup half and half cream (10% fat)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp soft roasted garlic
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/4 tsp tsp salt (fine)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
- In a large pot and add potatoes, coarse salt and enough water to cover the potatoes.
- Turn heat to high and bring water to a boil.
- Lower the heat to medium and continue to simmer.
- Simmer for about 20 minutes or until you can easily poke through a potato with a fork.
- While to potatoes are simmering, pour the cream, butter, remaining salt, pepper and roasted garlic into a small pot and set the heat to medium.
- Bring the cream mixture to a light simmer and mix until the butter is melted and all the ingredients are well incorporated. Turn off the heat and set aside.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander until dry.
- Place the potatoes in a large bowl and pour the cream mixture over the potatoes.
- Add the fresh chives.
- Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Mash until completely smooth or leave pieces if preferred.
- Move the potatoes to a serving dish and serve hot.