This time of year, there is nothing better than comforting food such as Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes that are healthy, warming and easy to make.
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Three Top Tips to Make Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes
I have come a long way on making my first batch of homemade mashed potatoes. The first time I made mashed potatoes was about twenty five years ago for my boyfriend’s Thanksgiving event and they were terrible.
Comments were made from guest at the event about how my mashed potato creation were lumpy and not flavorful at all!
As you can imagine I was embarrassed and determine to figure out a way to make the best creamy garlic herb mashed potatoes. After years of practice and experimentation of different ingredients; I resulted in creating the best mashed potatoes using fresh herbs and garlic.
It seem simple they beloved dish for warm, creamy goodness but, I learn a few tricks and experiment with some herbs and I think create the best mashed potato recipe.
First, there is no “Golden Rule” on peeling your potatoes. I like using my skins they provide a rustic and earthy flavor but, I have a daughter that hates skins. Remember if you keep your skins on scrub well with water. Scrubbing skins well will not remove traces of pesticides and fertilizers try to buy organic if it allows in the budget.
Second, if you prepare your creamy garlic herb mashed potatoes a day head; store after chopping, dicing and or slicing in water in the refrigerator.
When shopping or harvesting potatoes look for smooth and nicely shaped, firm potatoes.
Do not buy or use potatoes that are discolored, mushy or have black spots on their skins.
Store your potatoes in a cool, dry place away from your onions. Fifty degrees is the idea temperature for storing potatoes.
Finally, make sure you milk is room temperature before adding to you mashed potatoes because cold milk will create soggy and lumpy creamy garlic herb mashed potatoes.
What to Serve with Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are a wonderful side dish to serve with many warming delicious main dishes. Most of the time I make mashed potatoes in the cooler months but, anytime of year is ok.
I love serving this Mashed Potatoes Recipe with warming main dishes such as:
Are Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes Healthy for You?
Many will argue if potatoes are actually healthy for you but, this important crop is extremely important.
Potatoes are the number one vegetable of the world because they are versatile.
There are many kinds of potatoes such as red, white and even purple and have many benefits to your diet providing Vitamin C and potassium. The purple potato has twice as many antioxidants have other colors of potatoes. The skin of the potato has important health benefit and so does the flesh in lower blood sugar, improve digestion and they are filling.
Carbohydrates are something we should avoid, if you work out you need carbohydrates to gain the energy for the complete workout. If you do not have enough energy in your body than you cannot perform well. In moderation the potatoes can give you energy before and after your workout. Potassium is helpful to excrete any extra water in your body and regulate blood pressure and heart rate.
If you can afford in your budget either grow or buy organic potatoes. Potatoes have to the most about of chemicals on their skin at the time of harvest placing this vegetable on the “Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen”. When you buy organic potatoes does not contain pesticide residue.
To guarantee your potatoes are the healthy from baked, fried or mashed prepare from scratch to enjoy the healthy benefits. Finally, preparing your potatoes from scratch is very affordable then buying conventional or in a box or bag.
What Kind of Milk goes in Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes?
Any whole, fresh organic milk will can make a creamy garlic herb mashed potato. Personally, the freshest is best and whole milk but, you can use a milk alternative such as almond, coconut or soy.
Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are Gluten Free
Potatoes are gluten free from red, white and purple but, should be eaten in moderation!
Even though, potatoes are extremely versatile from baked, mashed to fried you should not eat too much of a good thing especially fried. Potatoes take longer to digest causing the stomach area to fill bloated and full.
Eat potatoes with a lot of green to enforce digestion and reduce some bloating.
Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes Recipe
I love mashed potatoes but, I love them better with the skins on. Yukon potatoes are my favorite for mashed potatoes because they are rich and creamy when mashed. There is not rule on leaving the skins on or off it depends on your taste buds. Leaving the skins on gives you a boost of nutrients plus a rustic and earthy flavor.
- 4 -5 medium Yukon or White potatoes either peeled or unpeeled and cut in quarters.
- 4 tablespoons of grass fed butter
- 1/2 cup of whole milk; room temperature
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
- 1/3 cup of fresh parley; chopped
- 1/4 cup of fresh chopped chives
- 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 garlic heads’ diced
First in a large pot filled with water, add potatoes and garlic; bring it to a boil and cook until tender about twenty minutes. Garlic boiling with the potateos will give amazing flavor to this recipe.
Next, drain the pot of hot boiling water, add grass-fed butter, whole milk, sea salt, fresh ground pepper and cheese; mash everything together with a potato masher or whip with an electric mixer.
Do not not over mix your mashed potatoes because they can taste sticky and not fluffy.
Top with freshly chopped parsley and chives!