Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Quick & Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These are the easiest and quickest mashed potatoes you can make. This is another recipe from The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook. It's also a healthier version since there's just a tiny bit of butter and there's some cauliflower added.

You just peel and chop the potatoes, chop the cauliflower, and throw them along with a little butter, milk or half-and-half, chopped garlic (as much or as little as you like), and salt and pepper into a microwave-safe dish. It only takes 8-12 minutes in the microwave, then it's ready for mashing. 

I first tried the mashing manually.

But then I decided to bring out the handblender to get it creamier faster.

The original recipe calls for adding 1/8 cup sour cream at the end. I left this out and was happy with the results.

The amounts listed below are half of that in the original recipe which states that it makes about 8 cups. Mine was enough for two, with plenty of leftovers.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
(slightly adapted from The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook)

2 1/2 cups peeled & chopped potatoes
1 cup chopped cauliflower
1 scant tbsp unsalted butter (scant, meaning "just barely")
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half (I used 2% milk)
4 cloves garlic, chopped (this makes it pretty garlicky)
1/4 tsp salt
pepper, to taste

Place all the ingredients in a microwave-safe dish, cover, and microwave for about 8 minutes (more or less, depending on your microwave oven) until everything is soft enough for mashing.

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