Garlic Smashed Mashed Potatoes

I never realised the technicalities and time that it takes to post photos on a blog and to write a blog, until now. I am a bit intimidated to do my cooking videos because I just don’t know where to start. Hahaha! Being a newbie blogger, I bow down to all the bloggers out there. I am so inspired by you all. 😀

As promised, here are the delicious side dishes that i make when i cook    Chicken Picatta at home. Enjoy! 😀

Step 1:

Cut the potatoes (I like leaving the skins on. Please scrub them very well) into small uniformed pieces. Slice off the bottom of a garlic bulb. Careful…. this can be a bit tricky. If you want to do it the easier way, peel a whole bulb of garlic and set aside. 😉

Place potatoes and garlic in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a rolling boil and cook until potatoes are soft and cooked all the way through. Drain, and immediately put the hot potatoes back into the pot you cooked them in.

When the potatoes are cooked through, remove all the garlic skins. This is a great activity to do with your child/children, because as they search for those unwanted skins, it automatically becomes a fun family activity 😀

Add the butter and milk into the pot of hot potatoes. The heat is crucial because it allows the potatoes to absorb the liquids and seasoning. If you decide to do this step ahead of time, you can “nuke”  them (place it in the microwave) for a minute or two and voila… they’re hot potatoes again 😉

Now here’s the fun part….

Using a potato masher, mash them until your desired consistency (I like my potatoes with some chunks in them). Season with salt and pepper. At this stage, you can add whatever you want, and make it your own; eg. truffle oil, (yuuum), bacon bits, sun-dried tomatoes, the list goes on and on…. make your special “mash” mark on it  😉

I went for the parsley and leek combo and added crisp bacon at the end . Enjoy! 😀

Garlic Smashed Mashed Potatoes

8                                   potatoes, chopped

1                 Head        garlic, bottoms chopped off

⅓ to ½     cup            milk

¼              cup            unsalted butter, softened

½             teaspoon   salt

to taste       pepper

2               tablespoons Parsley, chopped

2               tablespoons  leeks, sliced thinly

3-4           rashers           crisp bacon, crumbled

Next up…….. Zesty Veggies.  Stay tuned…. 😀

To complete Chicken Picatta at home click on these links.

Chicken Picatta at Home

Zesty Veggie

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