Tuesday, December 14, 2010

George Washginton's Garlic Mash


It's well-known that by the time he became president, George Washington had lost most of his teeth and was burdened by ill-fitting dentures. Unsurprisingly, he took a liking to soft foods like hoecakes and mashed potatoes. Our first president died on this date in 1799.

This recipe for roasted garlic mashed potatoes, taken from Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery, was adapted for modern cooks by Suzy Evans who blogs at http://lincolnslunch.blogspot.com.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

4 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 stick unsalted butter
¾ cup heavy cream

In a large pot of cold water, bring the potatoes and garlic to a boil. Salt the water and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot. Mash over low heat with the butter, cream and 2 teaspoons salt. Serve warm and enjoy!

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