Carrabba’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

DSCN3714This is the recipe for the authentic Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Garlic Mashed Potatoes. I always order this as one of my sides when we are at the restaurant. Let me tell you, these garlic mashed potatoes are the best! My husband asked me to make them again before we were even done with dinner! I like that this is an interesting twist on the usual mashed potatoes recipe, it’s like a whole fresh new dish. I got the recipe from my Carrabba’s Cookbook but I did change a few minor things. It tastes exactly like the restaurant version except you can eat a little more then just a few spoonfuls lol. I don’t know about you guys, but I always get disappointed at how much mashed potatoes they serve with the entree, that tiny little scoop. So I am so glad I can make this at home now. Did I mention it is much cheaper too? lol. I recommend serving this dish with some steak or other meat of your choice, or if you prefer to go vegan, I’d serve it with some roasted or steamed vegetables. Although they are “garlic” mashed potatoes, they are actually not garlicky tasting at all because the garlic is roasted in the oven for 1.5 hours, and that gives it a sweetly unique taste, so don’t let those 2 heads of garlic in the picture throw you off. I could eat the roasted garlic just like that because it’s seriously so tasty lol. So yeah.. You absolutely have to make these garlic mashed potatoes. Enjoy! 🙂

Garlic Mashed Potatoes {Makes 4-5 Servings}

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 LB Red-Skinned Potatoes, Scrubbed and washed But unpeeled, cut into 3/4 inch dice
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 Stick) Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream, at room temperature
  • *For the roasted garlic: 2 Large, Plump heads of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt/Pepper to taste

DSCN3685Directions:  

1) To make the roasted garlic, preheat a small conventional oven to 300 Degrees. Cut the top 1/2 inch from each garlic head to reveal the cloves. Discard the tops. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil on the cut surfaces of the garlic heads, and sprinkle with a pinch each of salt/pepper.

2) Place the garlic heads, cut side up, in a small baking dish lined with foil. (I used the one that comes with the conventional oven.) Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 1.5 hours until the garlic is deep beige and very tender when squeezed. Set aside when ready.

3) Put the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add salt to taste. Reduce the heat to medium low (I did 3.5) and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20-25 minutes.

DSCN36934) When the potatoes are cooked through and tender, drain out all the water, and return the potatoes back into the pot. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher, or fork if you don’t have one.

DSCN37045) In a small bowl, squeeze out the garlic cloves from the 2 heads of garlic . Mash the cloves with a fork. (They will be very tender.) Add the stick of butter and cream into the bowl. Mix very well using a fork and spoon. Until it becomes a creamy texture.

DSCN37016) Add the roasted garlic, butter, and heavy cream mixture into the mashed potatoes. Mix very well. Mash potatoes again with the masher until they become as smooth as you prefer. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I did 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Transfer to a serving bowl or scoop into individual plates. Serve hot.

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DSCN3714*To reheat: Heat a skillet on medium heat with some butter, add the mashed potatoes. Mix until heated up. These reheat very well.

 

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2 thoughts on “Carrabba’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Shae August 17, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    At what temperature do you roast the garlic?

    • sofiyababinov August 19, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      300 Degrees. For about 1.5 hrs. I do this in a small conventional oven to save energy. I’m sorry for missing that important detail. I will update it. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention! 🙂

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