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Creamy Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

by Pam on December 9, 2013

I found this Alton Brown recipe on the Food Network[1] and couldn’t wait to make them. We love mashed potatoes in my house and I am always looking for new ways to make them. I adapted this recipe to work with what I had on hand and they turned out delicious. Even my daughter, who swears she doesn’t like cheese, loved these potatoes. Of course, I didn’t tell her there was Parmesan in them until after she gobbled up her portion. These potatoes were creamy, flavorful, and super delicious.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into like sized chunks. Place them in a pot of salted water and boil until fork tender, about 15-18 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, simmer the milk, butter, and garlic together in a small saucepan, making sure to NOT let it boil. Side Note: This is an important step because it will poach the garlic which will make the garlic flavor more subtle instead of  it being raw and overpowering the potatoes. 

Once the potatoes are fork tender. Drain them in a strainer well. Place the potatoes back in the pot and add the warmed milk and garlic mixture then mash using a hand masher. Add the Parmesan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; Continue to mash until well combined. Taste and re-season if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Creamy Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes




Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 30 min.



Ingredients:

4 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into same size chunks
1/2 cup of 2% milk
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter
2-3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Peel the potatoes and cut them into like sized chunks. Place them in a pot of salted water and boil until fork tender, about 15-18 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, simmer the milk, butter, and garlic together in a small saucepan, making sure to NOT let it boil. Side Note: This is an important step because it will poach the garlic which will make the garlic flavor more subtle instead of it being raw and overpowering the potatoes.

Once the potatoes are fork tender. Drain them in a strainer well. Place the potatoes back in the pot and add the warmed milk and garlic mixture then mash using a hand masher. Add the Parmesan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; Continue to mash until well combined. Taste and re-season if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Alton Brown

References

  1. ^ Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Duck Fat Steak Fries – There’s a New Fat in Town

You know a potato side dish is going to be good when 75% of the name refers to fat or meat. These super-crusty, oven-fried potato wedges, or “steak fries” as they call them where I’m from, are done with rendered duck fat, and while I’m a big fan of ones done with olive oil and/or butter, these really are better.


Not only does this fat help create a great texture, but it also adds a layer of richness and meatiness to the potatoes that’s nothing short of magical. Back in the day, you had to work or eat in a restaurant that served duck to enjoy this special treat, but happily, those days are over.

Thanks to evangelizing celebrity chefs and apparently smarter marketing people in the duck industry, this rendered fat is now pretty easy to find. My neighborhood Whole Foods stocks it, and I’ve seen it at many of the higher-end grocery stores.

By the way, if you’re concerned about that next cholesterol test, relax; duck fat is surprisingly healthy, and a quick Google search should explain why without me having to type any more. I hope you give these a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 4 portions:
2 large russet potatoes
2-3 tablespoons duck fat
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne
1 tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves
– 325 F. for 40 minutes
– 450 F. for about 20 minutes or until done

Ultimate Mashed Potatoes – Not Your Every Day Recipe

Every year around holiday time, I see people posting recipes for low-fat and no-fat mashed potatoes, which I find as sad, as I do perplexing. There’s no sane doctor alive, or bartender for that matter, who will tell you eating a scoop of these mashed potatoes a few times a year will, in any way, negatively effect your health.

So what’s up with the reduced-fat holiday potatoes? Isn’t that the reason we try to eat well all year, so on Thanksgiving we can bathe guilt-free in gravy? Sure, serving your loved ones potatoes with a pound of butter in them on a regular basis would be cause for alarm…or at least a glance at any recently purchased life insurance policies…but for truly special occasions, it’s crazy not to enjoy such a pleasure.


By the way, this is no viral-video gimmick. Those star chefs you see Anthony Bourdain dry-humping every week (sorry, I was channeling my inner Anthony Bourdain) all use at least this much butter, and as legend has it, some even flirt with equal parts. Of course, they call it pomme purée, and say it with a French accent, but it’s the same stuff.

Nobody says you have to go full Joël Robuchon and actually use this recipe, but please try to force yourself to add more than the few meager tablespoons that get us through the rest of the year. Anyway, if you’re never experienced this ethereal pleasure, I hope you make them a part of your next special occasion menu. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 8 portions:
3 1/4 pounds russet potatoes (3 or 4)
Note: this will not work with red potatoes, as they are too waxy
1 pound unsalted butter
1/4 cup hot milk
salt and pepper to taste

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