11 October 2007

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Garlic Smashed Potatoes
The shortened work week has been going well so far. The new doctor has brought along with her new ideas and changes for the good. I will be getting a new computer at work with a flat screen, so, that is something to be thankful for!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Monday was spent cooking up a storm. I have been eating leftover goat cheese stuffed chicken and smashed potatoes since then. Life is good!!!!



The smashed potatoes are a simple preparation. For what they lack in complexity they blossom in flavour and texture. I love whipped potatoes with their smooth velvet texture, but, there is room in my world for potatoes of all sizes, textures and flavours. Step up potatoes!!!

Smashed potatoes are supposed to be lumpy, ripe with their creamy goodness...skins and all.


**Garlic Smashed Potatoes**

2-1/2 lbs small red potatoes or baby Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled
1/2 bulb of garlic
1/2 cup half-and-half or whole milk
4 oz plain cream cheese or veggie cream cheese, cut into pieces
2 spring onions or scallions, chopped
1/4 cup butter
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425F. In a piece of aluminum foil drizzle 1/2 bulb of garlic with olive oil. Bake for 45 minutes. (I usually make these smashed potatoes with meatloaf so the garlic would be roasting during cooking time).

In large pot boil potatoes until tender, 15 minutes. While the water boils and the potatoes are cooking, saute spring onions in butter for 1 minute. Remove garlic from foil and squeeze pulp into saute pan with onions; saute 1 minute more.

When the potatoes are tender, drain and return to the hot pot to let them dry out a bit. Mash potatoes with half-and-half using a potato masher. Add in the cream cheese and onion/garlic mixture and smash until the cheese melts into the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The potatoes will be lumpy.

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20 comments:

  1. I love the combination garlic and smashed potatoes,but I never include cheese,but I like the idea,I certainly try this.

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  2. Everyone is tempting me with potato recipes today and I have no potatoes, it is cruel!
    I am trying to work to Graham's mum's wisdom and only shop for what I need instead of overshopping! I have had mixed success! limited groceries, but many electrical and home goods bought!

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  3. I totally agree with you about smashed potatoes being lumpy. And the more garlic, the better for me!!

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  4. That's how they serve in restaurants, smashed with red skin on.
    Mashed Potatoes is for kids if you ask me!:D

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  5. Val, your potatoes are simply...smashing! (I like the cream cheese in there too)

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  6. Valli, I am drooling at your recipe! I hope I will be able to serve it today with my chicken (if it defrosts quick enough).

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  7. I like how you leave the skins on and keep the lumps:) I love mashed potatoes like this.

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  8. Please do try it Sylvia. It is sinfully creamy despite being lumpy. My new favourite way to cook potatoes at the moment.
    You don't have to fit into a wedding dress anymore Hommer...shouldn't you be able to eat what you want!
    Lumpy is good Deborah!!
    The skin is good for you Asha!

    The potatoes are smashing Peter. I simply love them.
    I hope you had a chance to try them Ahn.
    Lumpy is good Maryann. I love them too!!!But I also never met a potato I didn't like!!!

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  9. Cream cheese in garlic mashed potatoes sounds soo good!

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  10. Mmm, now those sound like some serious leftovers. I love leftovers!

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  11. These sound wonderfully comforting. What a great dish!

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  12. I love this recipe Vailli, so nice and good taste I think the mix soo good.I love your recipes and your blog. Cariños Gloria

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  13. This sounds like a great potato recipe, Valli...and I agree with you, "step up potatoes"! I'm glad you are feeling bright again...its never completely smooth sailing when things change at work, especially with a whole new doctor at the helm in your office. Yay for the new computer! :-)

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  14. Hi Valli! This really is just comfort food at its finest! It is hard to believe you have only been blogging for a few months -I think you are very professional and your dishes inspiring! I am so glad you blog!

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  15. I desperately want a big bowl of this right now. :)

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  16. Wow, are we all into potatoes or what! I love smashed potatoes! The creamy ones are good but I do love the chunky ones also. This is crazy, but I like to put peas in mine!
    A new computer, too cool!

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  17. Yum, those look tasty. I love potatoes.

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  18. I love, love this dish and make something very similar! I can almost taste it right now. I love the addition of garlic in large amounts.:-)

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  19. I love garlic mashed and this recipe sounds nice and creamy and delicious!

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