Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Garlicky Smashed Potatoes

This recipe came from "Cheap Cooking" also. It consists of two of my favorite things potatoes and garlic. I hope to try this recipe one day this week. I will let you know how we like it.

8 medium (about 2 1/2 lbs.) red potatoes
2 T. butter
1/4 c. milk
1 clove fresh garlic, minced, or 1 tsp. bottled minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour 4 1/2 c. water into a 3-qt. or larger saucepan. Cover the pan, place it over high heat, and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, scrub the potatoes to remove any dirt. Cut out any bruises or large eyes, then cut the potatoes into 2-in pieces (quarters or eighths, depending on their size.)

When the water is boiling, add the potatoes carefully to avoid any spash-ups. Bring the water back to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-high to maintain a steady boil (but not so hot as to boil over). Cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and drain the potatoes in a colander. Set aside to drain.

Return the potatoes to the saucepan and add the butter, milk, and garlic. Using a potato masher, smash the potatoes until they reach the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper, stir well, making sure the butter and garlic are well distributed, and serve at once.

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