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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Scallions

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Scallions

Welcome to 2016, and a steaming bowl of Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Scallions. Now you didn’t really think I would begin the New Year with a juicing, cleansing, join the gym Post did you?

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Not that I’ve anything against juicing, but heaven knows we hear plenty of it after the holidays, along with stories on heading out to the gym, so I’ll leave these to the experts. Besides, I did host a rather lovely party on New Year’s Day with the theme being ‘lucky foods’ where mashed potatoes, while not holding any lucky associations that I know of, most certainly fit into the ‘must have’ category when serving the fattened pork roast insuring our happiness, lots of greens for our good fortune, and the sauerkraut for our anticipated long lives.

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With the Pork simmering in slow cookers, and assorted dishes easily prepared earlier in the day, it always seems to me that among the holidays New Year’s Day is actually the easiest to prepare. The one exception is that I always have a preference for cooking and whipping the mashed potatoes just before serving.  This year I got a kick out of having the opportunity to demonstrate whipping up today’s mashed potatoes for my guests using my final appliance of 2015 that I received from Hamilton Beach for testing. It felt kind of official in a fun sort of way. Fortunately, I had remembered to photograph the appliance beforehand so you can view the lovely brand new hard plastic case that holds assorted beating and whipping attachments which the mixer sets right atop of for easy storage, I love that feature.

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The Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer with the Snap- On Case, as all the Hamilton Beach appliances I’ve ever owned is easy to use. But mostly, and with guests agreeing, the hand mixer certainly whips up some deliciously fluffy and creamy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Scallions. Wishing You and Yours the fruits of lucky foods in a very Happy, Healthy, and Abundant New Year 2016!

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I received this Hand Mixer from Hamilton Beach for trying and testing out. All opinions expressed about this appliance are sincere and my own.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Scallions
Serves 8
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 5 pounds large russet potatoes
  2. 1 head garlic for roasting (instructions below)
  3. 1- 1/2 sticks butter
  4. 3/4-1 cup warm milk
  5. 3/4- 1 tablespoon table salt, more or less by taste
  6. 5 thin scallions, chopped finely
Instructions
  1. Place liquid measure of milk into a small pan, add in the peeled, roasted garlic. Unwrap butter and set at room temperature. Peel potatoes and cube into even sized pieces placing into a large size pot filled with cold water. Drain and rinse potatoes of the starch, refilling the pot with clean, cold water just covering the potatoes. Cook potatoes on high heat until very soft and the potatoes easily break when inserted with a fork, around 35-45 minutes, more or less, depending on the power of your range. Heat milk and roasted garlic on low heat. Drain potatoes into a colander then return back to the pot and on low heat stir potatoes around to dry out from the water a bit. Begin whipping the potatoes using a hand mixer, pour in 3/4 of the heated milk and roasted garlic, continue whipping, beat in a stick of butter gradually adding in the salt. Beat potatoes until fluffy then taste, check salt seasoning, add in remaining milk and butter as desired. Sprinkle in the scallions, whip to incorporate, turn off mixer. Serve mashed potatoes steaming hot straight away.
For the Roasted Garlic
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the whole head of garlic into a small ovenproof dish. Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the dish, cover with aluminum foil and place into the oven. Roast garlic around thirty minutes more or less, until soft. Remove from oven and let cool, still covered with the foil. Separate the soft cloves squeezing the roasted garlic into a small dish, cover and set aside until ready to use.
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10 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Another delicious looking recipe! Mmmm……mashed potatoes.

    It’s been a great blogging year! Looking forward to reading more in 2016. Happy New Year Peggy!
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    • Posted January 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Phil, Happy New Year! Yes, we did have a great blogging year in 2015. I too am looking forward to your interesting/and hilarious stories in the upcoming year! See you soon.

  2. Posted January 4, 2016 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year, Peggy! My Mom uses a hand mixer for mashed potatoes too. She swears it makes the lightest whipped potatoes.
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    • Posted January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kelly! Happy New Year, happy you had a nice celebration of events with Antonio and your niece! I really like this hand mixer quite a lot, and do think I agree with your Mom on the hand mixer making the lightest whipped potatoes as opposed to a stand mixer. Happy Journaling! See you soon.

  3. Mary Hirsch
    Posted January 4, 2016 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year, Peggy. I have been slow to CCC with my comments the past two months and intend to catch up but you’ve got me with these mashed potatoes. They look delicious. The roasted garlic idea is a good one. On Liz Berg’s television show recently, she also roasted garlic and squeezed it into her vegetable soup. A sweeter flavor. With both of you doing this, I’ve added it to my every-growing techniques list. I’ve roasted garlic before but just use it as a spread. Your NYears dinner sounded great.

    • Posted January 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mary, Happy New Year! It’s so good to see you! I’ve missed you at CCC but have really enjoyed hearing about your travels and escapades en route, always something special and exciting going on with you! Nice you got to have some time with the grand kids over the holidays too. I really do like roasted garlic, its rich depth of flavor. The idea of squeezing it into vegetable soup sounds terrific. I make so many soups over the winter so I shall give it a try. New Year’s Day was lots of fun with lots of good food and conversation. See you soon.

  4. Posted January 6, 2016 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Okay! This recipe has me weak! Garlic, scallions and potatoes♥♥ Three of my favourite ingredients ♥

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  5. Posted January 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi peggy, well lucky for me you posted this recipe, I love, love potatoes and these look amazing. Happy New Year!
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