Sunday, October 4, 2009

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

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Well, before we know it, the holidays will be upon us. I'd like to share a delicious holiday mashed potatoes recipe. It is wonderful with poultry and ham and it's so easy, you just might add it to your weekly menus.It is loaded with extra nutrients. Add more orange foods to your diet!

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

1 large whole garlic bulb
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Brush with oil. Wrap bulb in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425°F until softened, 30-35 minutes. Cool for 10-15 minutes; peel garlic and reserve oil. Reduce heat to 400°F. (note: roasted garlic can be made ahead and stored in a jar in the fridge with a little olive oil)

2. Place red and sweet potatoes in separate saucepans; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until very tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain.

3. Place both potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add the milk, butter, rosemary, roasted garlic and reserved oil. Mash potatoes with a potato masher, or whip with an electric mixer. Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a greased 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Cover and bake until heated through, 25-30 minutes.

Serves: 6-8

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