Apr 6, 2013

Mashed potato with roasted garlic and fresh parsley

   Mashed potato! Just a simple, homy and always tasty dish because of roasted garlic and fresh parsley from my window-sill garden. Now it's too difficult to surprise somebody by this garnish, but when I was a little girl mashed potato was considered to be a number-one dish though we cooked it without garlic addition, but always served with "milk" sausages - and there was a little holiday for every eater. It was cooked just like a speciality dish regardless of the event. And I'm not kidding: due to my mom's culinary skill mashed potato was always exceptional - I mean particularly fluffy and creamy - and everyone required the double-portion.


   As times goes by mashed potato became to be forgotten. Unfairly, as for me. Heaven knows it's my guilt because I spoiled my honeys by exotic meals :) Now it's time to remember the previous fave and cook a good old fashioned dish but with a modern touch.  
   Mashed potato with roasted garlic and fresh parsley is a real yum-yum. Do you still think that it is too simple? Yes, it's simple but believe me there is something attractive in this simplicity. Or better convince of it by your own, for example, at this day dinner.

 Simple mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and parsley

Mashed potato with roasted garlic and fresh parsley
(Saveurs 1/2012)

Preparation: 20 min.
Process: 1 hour. Yield 4.


750 g potatoes
6 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp olive oil
250 ml milk
100 g butter, at room temperature
1/2 bunch of fresh parsley
salt, freshly ground black pepper - on your taste


1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Put the unpeeled garlic cloves on a baking tray, drizzle them with olive oil and bake for 30 minutes until tender. Peel the roasted garlic.
2. Wash and peel potatoes, put them into a saucepan with cold salted water. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes, or until done - a fork can easily be poked through them. Drain water from the saucepan and set aside.
3. Chop parsley, heat milk (only bring it to boil).
4. Add garlic cloves to cooked potatoes. Use wooden potato masher to mash potatoes and garlic until well mashed. While mashing add warm milk and butter pieces step by step. Add parsley, salt and pepper and mix a little. Serve immediately! 

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