Copycat Applebee's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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I was so excited about our commissary having red potatoes in stock for once that I immediately grabbed a huge bag of them! You don't know how many times I've passed by the produce section in my store, only to sigh to myself over how small of a selection we have. I suppose its pretty sad that I was excited to see red potatoes, but now I realize I took the mega-mart grocery stores in the states for granted. There are a plethora of stores off base, but they have lots of weird stuff I can't read and definitely don't plan on trying. I've been wanting to make some good old mashed-red potatoes with garlic, and I'm finally loving every minute of making this dish!

Tonight I tried a copycat version of Applebee's Garlic Mashed Potatoes I found on I normally don't use heavy cream in potatoes, but these turned out really well (I'll have to share my husband's strange secret ingredient next time he makes them - its surprisingly amazing!). These potatoes would have been downright perfect if I had roasted the garlic long enough - I was having a blonde moment and forgot to throw the garlic in the oven to roast earlier, so my garlic was not as soft and mashable as it should have been. That was totally my problem though, not the recipe's. Make sure you put your garlic on way before you start the potatoes! They were still a hit over dinner and I will be making these yummy taters again. As long as I can find these elusive starches again!

Copycat Applebee's Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Serves 8

2 pounds red potatoes
1/2 cup milk
1/4 heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup garlic cloves

1. Place a single layer of garlic cloves on a sheet of aluminum foil and wrap tightly. Roast in 400˚ preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until soft. Unwrap and let cool. Once cool, peel cloves and set aside until the potatoes are ready.

2. Wash and rinse potatoes under cold water. In large pot, bring red potatoes to a slow boil for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and drain in colander.

3. In pan or bowl, combine potatoes, peeled and roasted garlic cloves, and all other ingredients and mash with a potato masher. Keep warm until you serve.

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