Who’s the winner of Best Side Dish for almost anything? No contest. Mashed potatoes. Meatloaf? Mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving? Mashed potatoes. KFC? Mashed potatoes. In fact, I would rather eat mashed potatoes instead of whatever happens to be the main course in most cases.
There are plenty of mashed potato versions out there but I prefer to keep it simple. In fact, I think this is my fancy version. Smashed red potatoes with the skins on, with a mellow hint of garlic. Simple and delicious. And forget all your fancy kitchen equipment. To get the best texture, a good old fashioned potato masher is your best bet.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
6-8 medium red potatoes, quartered
3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup milk
Salt & pepper
Cover potatoes with water, toss in whole garlic cloves and bring to a boil. Keep at a low boil for about 20 minutes until fork tender. Drain.
Add butter and milk, and about 1/2 tsp each of salt & pepper. Mash with a potato masher. Add more milk if necessary until it is the consistency you want.
Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve plain, with extra butter, or with gravy!