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Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Herbs

Mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and fresh herbs

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I think by now you know how much I love garlic, but you may not know how much I love potatoes. I could eat potatoes almost everyday. I love them mashed, smashed, roasted, au gratin, as hash browns, and in a variety of soups. I guess the only way I don’t like potatoes is as French fries. Those I can take or leave.  This winter organic potatoes have been really cheap, so we’ve been eating a lot of potato dishes. This mashed potatoes with roasted garlic dish is one of our favorites.

It’s a very quick and easy dish for us because I always have a bottle of roasted garlic infused oil in the pantry and jar of roasted garlic in the fridge.  So what better way to use the garlic and some of the oil than in mashed potatoes.  Add some fresh herbs for color and another layer of flavor, and you have yourself a bowl of gourmet mashed potatoes with very little effort.

If you don’t have the garlic oil or roasted garlic on hand, not to worry.  In the Kitchen Notes I explain how to get both in 20 minutes, which is about the time it takes to cook and mash the potatoes. Also, if you aren’t a huge garlic fan, but do like “a little” garlic, these mashed potatoes with roasted garlic are still for you.  Just cut back on the amount of garlic or replace the garlic-infused oil with extra virgin olive oil or butter.  And if you don’t like garlic at all, just omit it altogether.  The buttermilk and olive oil alone make this a very tasty bowl of mashed potatoes.

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Roasted Garlic Feta Dip with Capers

A quick and easy roasted garlic feta dip. Only 4 ingredients! #roasted #garlic @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

 

Remember my Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil from a while back? Well, this Roasted Garlic Feta Dip is one of those tasty little appetizers that I throw together using the roasted garlic.  Putting a dip together can’t get much quicker than this. Four ingredients and a box of crackers or chips is all you need.
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Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Roasted Garlic and Garlic Infused Olive Oil mjskitchen.com

If you saw my previous post – Garlic Soup – you’ve gathered that I love garlic. Not only do I put garlic in many, many of my dishes, but I also “feature” garlic in several of them.  I love just smashing a roasted garlic clove on a cracker and popping it in my mouth.  Thank goodness Bobby likes garlic as much as I do!

I used to roast garlic in a stoneware garlic roaster which is always good.  Then one day I experimented with a method to make garlic infused oil and ended up with not only a great bottle of oil, but a jar of some of the best roasted garlic I had ever had! The cloves were more “toasted” than traditional roasted garlic cloves which are softer. The lime steps the flavor up a notch.  I hope you give this a try.  You’ll love both the garlic cloves and the garlic infused oil!

Once made, if you need some ideas on how to use that much roasted garlic,  here are some dishes that are better because of it.

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