Regardless of how you’re cooking your turkey this year, you’ll likely serve it with the traditional side dishes: stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. And, unless you load them up with extra butter and heavy cream or drown them in gravy, you run the risk of serving bland mashed potatoes. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your routine side dishes this year, start with garlic mashed potatoes.
Adding garlic to your mashed potatoes is an easy, healthy way to boost their flavor. This recipe calls for raw, minced garlic which will add a nice, slightly spicy kick. If you prefer a mellower, sweeter garlic flavor, roast your cloves of garlic in the oven first — they’re done when they’re soft and golden brown.
We like our mashed potatoes good and garlicky, so this recipe calls for 4 cloves of garlic per 6 large potatoes. If you’re not sure you’re ready for extra-garlicky garlic mashed potatoes, you can add fewer cloves. Then, after tasting your mashed potatoes, you can always add more garlic if you prefer.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.