Thanksgiving is just around the corner which is the perfect excuse for me to share this creamy garlic mashed potatoes recipe.
And then eat it all…
okay maybe not the whole pot, but it sure is tempting!
Growing up, mashed potatoes were a staple in my home so I still make them all the time. But when it comes to Thanksgiving (or any other special occasion) I feel like I really need to step it up and do something extra special to make the mashed potatoes stand out. Enter creamy garlic mashed potatoes. Now I know you’re all wondering what the secret ingredient is so I won’t keep you waiting any longer…
The secret ingredient is chicken broth!
Are you a little confused and slightly doubting my cooking choices now? Don’t worry, you don’t mix it in after cooking them but add a dollop of Better Than Bullion chicken stock to the water as you cook the potatoes. It adds an extra layer of flavor and deliciousness. You cook rice in chicken broth, so why not potatoes? It’s just what you need to make these potatoes extra good (oh and the stick and a half of butter doesn’t hurt either).
Make these creamy garlic mashed potatoes for your thanksgiving dinner or next special occasion and see for yourself what makes them stand out!
Ingredients For Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
5 lb russet potatoes
2 tablespoons better than bullion chicken stock
salt to taste
4 quarts of water
3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) butter
8-10 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup half and half
Directions For Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
Bring 4 quarts of water to boil then add chicken stock and salt.
Peel and dice the potatoes and add to boiling water. You can cut potatoes into large or small pieces, just as long as they are all equal in size. Keep in mind that the larger the pieces are, the longer it will take for them to cook through.
Cook for about 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
While potatoes are cooking, peel and mince/press the garlic cloves.
Strain out the water and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, melt 1 stick of butter over medium heat then add pressed garlic cloves.
Allow the butter to simmer until garlic turns golden brown. Watch closely once the garlic starts to brown because it can burn very quickly!
When garlic is browned, add cup of half and half. To make the best mashed potatoes, you want to have all the add-in ingredients nice and warm.
Using a manual masher, hand mixer, or kitchen aid, mash the potatoes while gradually adding the butter/half and half mixture. If you are using a mixer of some kind, be very careful not to overwork the potatoes because they will get a gluey consistency. The safest bet is to mash them manually!
Top with additional butter or fresh herbs if desired and serve.