Since I had the red potatoes from CSA Week #1, I decided to make garlic mashers with them. Everyone knows of my potato addiction and I fix them all sorts of ways. This is really easy and I like using a hand potato masher ~ it makes them more rustic and I like getting a tiny chunk of potato every now and again. If you like them smooth, by all means use a mixer.
Easy Garlic Mashers
2 lbs of small red potatoes
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
3 tbsps butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and clean potatoes and cut into chunks. Put the potatoes and the garlic in a saucepan and cove rwith water. Bring to a boil and boil until potaotes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
Remove the pan form the heat, drain the potatoes in a colander. While the potatoes are draining, wipe out the pan with a paper towel ~ extra water seems to make the potatoes gummy in my experience. Put drained potatoes back in the now dry pan and mash with a masher. Add the butter and the milk ~ start with 1/4 cup and see how much you need. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.