Garlic Smashed Potatoes

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.

Best Side Dish EVER!! Garlic smashed potatoes.

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.

Yummy red potatoes. Get out the masher!

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.

Garlic smashed potatoes

Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.  Serve plain, with extra butter, or with gravy!

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