Julia's Garlic Mashed Potatoes



8 to 10 servings



2 heads garlic
4 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 dash pepper
2-1/2 lb. baking potatoes
4 tbsp. softened butter
Salt and white pepper, to taste
3 to 4 tbsp. whipping cream
4 tbsp. minced parsley


Separate the garlic cloves. Drop into boiling water and boil 2 mins, drain and peel. Cook the garlic slowly with the butter in the covered saucepan for about 20 mins or until very tender but not browned. Blend flour and stir over low heat until it froths with the butter for about 2 mins without browning.

Off heat, beat in the boiling milk and seasonings. Boil, stirring for 1 min. Rub the sauce through a sieve or puree in an electric blender. Simmer for 2 mins more.

Peel and quarter the potatoes. Drop in boiling salted water to cover and boil until tender. Drain immediately and put through a potato ricer (I use a food processor). Place the hot puree in the saucepan and beat with the spatula or spoon for several minutes over moderate heat to evaporate moisture. As soon as the puree begins to form a film in the bottom of the pan, remove from heat and beat in the putter a tablespoon at a time. Beat in salt and pepper to taste.

Shortly before serving beat the hot garlic sauce vigorously into the hot potatoes. Beat in the cream by spoonfuls but do not thin out the puree too much. Beat in parsley. Correct seasoning and turn into a hot serving dish.

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5 Recipe Reviews

Cary G. Byron

Cary G. Byron reviewed Julia's Garlic Mashed Potatoes on July 31, 2004

Directions are "bleak"; exp: What Boiling Milk -what quantity---?
Sounds good but a little more specifics for the novice would help!

Peter Crampton

Peter Crampton reviewed Julia's Garlic Mashed Potatoes on August 3, 2004

Can someone please tell me how much boiling milk to use as this sounds a good recipe.



ryansnyder reviewed Julia's Garlic Mashed Potatoes on February 21, 2000

I took this to a potluck, where it went over very well. It was gone in no time! Mmm Mmm!!


countrycrafted reviewed Julia's Garlic Mashed Potatoes on September 20, 2005

I used ~1 1/4 cup hot milk. Yummm


mjmest reviewed Julia's Garlic Mashed Potatoes on November 20, 2005

The missing step is that you boil milk until it foams. ( 1 cup in julia's recipe ). but 1-1/4 cup works a little better.

My review of this is simple. This is simple and it is not a recipe.. It is the only way to make Mashed Potatoes. Everyone that I have ever made them for LOVES them..