The definitive mashed potato with roasted Garlic

  • For the garlic paste
  • 450g whole garlic heads
  • 125ml pure olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the mashed potatoes
  • 330g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 900g maris piper potatoes
  • Sea salt, preferably grey sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper
  • 725ml double cream, or more to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste, recipe follows
  • 80-160ml extra-virgin olive oil
For the garlic paste: Preheat the oven to 180°C/ gas mark 4.

2) Peel the outermost layers of skin off the heads of garlic. Cut off the top third of the heads to open the cloves. Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic, cut sides up, and saute for about ten minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

2) Transfer pan to the oven and roast for fifteen minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

3) Pop garlic cloves from their skins and place cloves in a blender, along with any olive oil left in the pan. Puree until smooth; you should have a paste-like consistency.

For the potatoes: Cube the potatoes. Then put the potatoes in a large saucepan with salted cold water and place in the refrigerator overnight.

2) The next day, add some more salt and then bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until tender, about ten minutes. Drain well, place potato cubes in a food mill, and grind to remove skins. Alternatively, smash the potatoes with a large fork or potato masher.

3) Heat one tablespoon of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until the butter stops foaming and turns a light brown. Add the garlic paste and cook quickly. Add the cream, season, to taste, with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.

4) Reduce the heat to low and fold in potatoes with a wooded spoon or large whisk. Add the remaining butter by tablespoons, stirring after each addition. Stir in the extra-virgin olive oil.

5) Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

If you want to make this ahead of time, At this point you can transfer to a freezer-safe container. Remove from the freezer and allow to defrost at room temperature, then simply reheat in the microwave, stirring often until piping hot all the way through.

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