What exactly are rustic mashed potatoes?Basically rustic is just a fancy way of saying the potatoes are mashed with the skin on. The skins add a heartier flavor to the mashed potatoes, and are loaded with nutrients. While the potato itself contains all of the vitamins and minerals the skin does, you get much more of them if you leave the skin on, especially iron and fiber.
This dish is good old fashioned country cooking at it's best.It's a really simple recipe, but taste amazing. Chunks of potatoes are cooked with the skin on, then mashed with fresh garlic butter, milk and seasonings, for a dish that is so flavorful, that they don't even need gravy!
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Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds (about 3 large) russet potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
Place the potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch.Bring water to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 10 - 15 minutes, or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.While the potatoes are boiling, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook until garlic is soft and just starting to brown, stirring frequently. (About 2 minutes) Set aside.Drain the potatoes in a colander, then pour them back into the cooking pot.Add the garlic butter to the potatoes, and mash with a potato masher to break down the potatoes, and mix in the garlic butter.Add the milk, along with salt and pepper to taste, and continue mashing till desired texture is reached. (Add a little more milk if the mashed potatoes seem to dry)
Note: *Try adding a couple spoonfuls of sour cream, for a little extra richness and tang
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