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Garlic Mashed Potatoes



Serves 4-6

This is a wonderful dish that ranks very high as the ultimate mashed potato recipe. Don't be alarmed by the extraordinary amount of garlic the recipe requires, the long cooking removes all the heat and leaves a pungent flavor. Serve with roast lamb.

  • 2 lb (900 g) floury-variety potatoes, thoroughly drained and mashed with 2 oz (50 g) of butter

  • 2 heads garlic (20 30 cloves)

  • 4 oz (110 g) butter

  • 1 oz (25 g) flour

  • 1/2 pt (275 ml) boiling milk

  • 4 tbs cream

  • 4 tbs chopped parsley

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  1. Separate the garlic cloves and drop into boiling water.

  2. Drain after 2 minutes and peel. Melt half the butter in a heavy-bottomed lidded pan and add the garlic.

  3. Cook gently for 20 minutes until the garlic is soft.

  4. Stir in the sifted flour and add the boiling milk and salt. Boil, stirring for 1 minute, liquidise and then cook for a further couple of minutes.

  5. Add this liquor to the hot mash (if you need to reheat the mash, do so in a double burner, mixing continuously) and, when this is incorporated, beat in the cream a little at a time. Finally mix in the parsley and serve.

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