Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium garlic heads
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 lbs unpeeled red potatoes, diced into quarters (or sixths if larger)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk (anything but skim)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, plus more for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven, prep garlic: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut garlic heads about 1/2-inch from the top to expose cloves. 

  2. Roast garlic: Transfer garlic heads to a sheet of foil, drizzle 1 tsp oil over each head, wrap foil tightly around garlic so it's fully covered. Roast in preheated oven until lightly golden and cloves are soft, about 40 - 45 minutes.

  3. Mash garlic: Remove from oven and let cool (cook potatoes while they cool) then press and pinch cloves out of peels into a small bowl. Mash cloves with a fork and set aside.

  4. Cook the potatoes: Place potatoes in a large enameled cast iron pot and add enough cold water to cover potatoes, sprinkle in 1 Tbsp salt. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover with lid, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to boil until potatoes are very tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. 

  5. Heat milk, cream and butter: Near the end of potatoes cooking, measure out milk in a liquid measuring cup, add cream and butter. Heat in microwave until hot, about 45 - 60 seconds. 

  6. Drain and mash potatoes: Drain potatoes then return to pot and mash with a potato masher (they should have some lumps in them). 

  7. Stir in milk mixture and garlic: Add hot milk mixture and mashed roasted garlic, and stir with a spoon while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with more butter and garnish with parsley if desired.