Mashed Potatoes with Garlic, Basil and Chives

"I found this gem in a cookbook called Festive Recipes for the Holidays. Gave it some personal tweaks. Like more garlic. Can one have too much garlic? I don't think so! (Unless you're a vampire!)"
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  • Peel potatoes and chop into 2-inch pieces.
  • Peel garlic cloves, and halve them if they are very large.
  • Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water, salt lightly and bring to a boil.
  • Add potatoes and garlic to the water and cook, until potatoes are fork-tender, about 20-25 minutes, then drain.
  • Place potatoes in a bowl, and add butter.
  • Mash potatoes and garlic, and add basil, chives, and enough milk to achieve a creamy but not runny texture.
  • Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
  • Serve.

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  1. My fussy son actually chose this for dinner last night and was very pleased with himself! It's a lovely mashed spud recipe, the basil is so good, and it's garlicky, but subtley garlicky!
  2. I made this a few weeks ago, and while it is yummy, it sounds like it has more flavor than it does. I expected a burst of flavor, but it is just good mashed potatoes! I will make again, b/c it helps me use the basil from my garden, but it isn't super spectacular.
  3. I thought the basil overpowered the garlic flavor. Next time I will leave out the basil.
  4. These were delicious and looked so pretty on the plate. I must admit- I'm a garlic wimp and only used 2 cloves though. ;) Because I had some, I added about 1/2 c freshly grated parmesan as well. We'll be eating these often!
  5. These are really great. I often make garlic mashed, but have never added basil before. I sure will in the future though :). Made for the Garden Forum Herb/Spice of the Month June 2009


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