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GARLIC MASHED POTATOES WITH OLIVE OIL

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Preparation - Easy
Serves 6
Vegetarian, Vegan

IF you thought potatoes could be mashed only with masses of butter and cream, try this for a new vision of that essential accompaniment to the blue-plate special. Baking potatoes, because of their drier flesh, seem to take more kindly to mashing than waxy potatoes. Don't try to mash potatoes with a food processor - they just get gluey.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 1/2 pounds baking potatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil or more to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
OO Large saucepan, potato masher or similar.

METHOD:
  1. PEEL the potatoes if you wish. Or peel half and leave the other half with the skins on.
  2. CUT the potatoes in half and plunge them into a large pot of rapidly boiling water. Add the whole garlic cloves and cook, covered, until the potatoes are very tender - about 25 minutes
  3. DRAIN the potatoes and garlic well and turn them into a warm serving bowl.
  4. USING a potato masher, mash them coarsely, adding the olive oil a little at a time.
  5. WHEN all the oil has been added, taste and add more salt if needed and an abundance of black pepper.
  6. SERVE immediately.
Nutritional Data, per portion
Calories 260 Carbohydrate  35g  Saturated Fat 12g
Protein  4g  Sodium  l12mg      Monounsaturated Fat l0g
Fat 13g      Cholesterol  0

Source:
Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
Nancy Harmon Jenkins
Bantam Books


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