Food blogger rule #1: Take pictures of your meals before you eat them.
So I forgot to take a nice, pretty picture of my completed meal: rotisserie chicken (store-bought), broccoli, and homemade garlic mashed potatoes. I did, however, manage to take a picture of the potatoes before I served them!
Not the prettiest picture, but the taste will make you forget all about my lack of pictures!
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Makes around 6-7 servings
- 8 medium red potatoes, peeled and cubed (I don’t peel mine perfectly. I like a little skin left on there.)
- 4-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 stick butter
- 1/4- 1/2 cup milk
- Salt (1 tsp + ½ tbsp, separated)
- Put peeled and cut potatoes in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the potatoes.
- Put one of the cloves of garlic (minced) into the pot with the potatoes. Add about 1 tsp. salt.
- Bring the pot to a boil, and then cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain the potatoes.
- Put the potatoes into a bowl and add the butter. Using a hand-held mixer, mix everything together. Slowly add milk. Add about ¼ of a cup and mix together. If mixture is too thick, add a little more until the potatoes reach desired consistency. Add salt (about 1/2 tbsp, but you can adjust to your taste!) and stir.
- Serve and enjoy!
This recipe is for those of us who really like garlic. I love garlic, and I absolutely loved these mashed potatoes. Brandon, however, thought the garlic flavor was too strong. I somehow keep forgetting that my dear husband likes things simple. I like meals with lots of flavor and unique twists on old classics. He likes the old classics to remain old classics. Sigh. What am I going to do with him?
So if you’re like Brandon and you aren’t a big garlic fan, you can reduce the amount of garlic (or leave it out altogether) and maybe add some pepper for more flavor!
And if you are short on time or just don’t like juggling multiple dishes, take my mom’s advice: focus on making one thing from scratch, and “cheat” on the rest of the meal. For example, you could do what I did and buy a rotisserie chicken from the store to serve with your potatoes. Or you could serve them with something that’s been cooking in the slow cooker all day. Just don’t stress. A good meal doesn’t have to be a complicated one!
Question for ya …
Mashed potatoes: simple or kicked up a notch?
Best thing you’ve eaten this week?
Do you and your significant other differ when it comes to food choices? If so, how?