Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

there is a reason why some of my favourite cooking quotes come from Julia Child. 

plain and simple.
she's fierce, she's legendary, and she's someone i would have loved to cook & eat alongside.
after all, 'people that like to eat, are the best people.'

it's safe to say because of the above, i trust her immensely when it comes to anything food related. 

butter is always a good idea.
cream is always a good idea.
and 30 cloves of garlic in anything is bound to make me smile.

there you have it, potato gold.
thank you julia child.  xo.

Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

30 cloves garlic, unpeeled
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup whole milk
2 1/2 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
kosher salt & freshly ground white pepper to taste
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup minced parsley

boil garlic in a 1-qt. saucepan of water 2 minutes; drain and peel.  melt 4 tablespoons butter in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium.  cook garlic until soft, 15-20 minutes.  stir in flour; cook 2 minutes.  stir in milk; cook until thickened, 3-4 minutes.  transfer to a blender; puree into a smooth sauce.  cook potatoes in salted boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes; drain and pass through a potato ricer back into the pan.  stir in remain butter, reserved sauce, the cream, parsely, salt, and pepper, cook 2 minutes more. 
serves 6.

photo credit: saveur.com
recipe adapted from julia childs cookbook:  mastering the art of french cooking volume 1


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