Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary and Thyme

I know, I know…it’s been awhile.  People have been asking me if I’m still working on my blog because it’s been so long since I posted a recipe.  Which is a real compliment in my opinion, because it means people are actually reading it!  So, I’m sorry I’ve been off my game as of late; it’s been a busy month.  But the good news is, I have a BUNCH of stuff to post!

This year we went back to our hometown of Sacramento to spend Thanksgiving.  It was nice spending time with family and friends we haven’t seen in awhile.  It was also nice to experience Fall again.  You see, here in the desert of Arizona, we don’t get much in the way of Fall weather.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that it’s 75 degrees in December; I’ve grown very accustomed to the beautiful Phoenix weather (well, most of it.  Summer is a different story).  But it was nice to see all the leaves changing color, and  to feel the cold  brisk fall air again.

Thanksgiving dinner was at my mother-in-law’s house, and it was definitely a feast!! Lots of good food, and of course, great company.  My mother in law and I found a recipe for mashed potatoes that we thought we would try out for Thanksgiving dinner.  We bought all the ingredients, then I realized as I was getting ready to prepare them on Thanksgiving day that the recipe was actually for au gratin potatoes-oops!! But not to worry, I improvised and came up with a pretty tasty mashed potato recipe!!

These mashed potatoes have horseradish in them…that’s right, horseradish.  I originally wanted to include that ingredient in the title, but I was afraid no one would try it!  I know horseradish can be scary, but trust me, it’s just a small amount and adds a lot of flavor!  I will also warn you that this probably isn’t the healthiest recipe, but you could substitute butter with chicken stock or extra milk/buttermilk.

This is a large recipe for a big party, so if you’re only making it for 2-4, you might want to halve the recipe, unless you want a lot of leftovers (and you just might!) Here’s what you’ll need for the mashed potatoes:

1 5 lb bag  potatoes.  We used russett potatoes because we had giant amounts of them for Thanksgiving, but I think these would be really good with Yukon Gold Potatoes.  That’s how I’m going to make them next time.

2 shallots, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced (I think I might actually use 3 next time, but I like garlic)

8 tablespoons butter, plus 1 extra tablespoon to saute

1 cup buttermilk

2-3 tablespoons horseradish (start with 2, see how you like it, then add more if necessary)

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons fresh thyme

Salt and pepper, to taste

Clean, peel and quarter the potatoes and boil in a large pot of water until the potatoes are fork tender. Add salt to the boiling water for extra flavor, if you’d like. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a large bowl or return to the boiling pot and keep the potatoes over the stove on low heat if you aren’t serving right away and want to keep them warm.

While the potatoes are boiling, melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the shallots and garlic and saute until the onion is soft and translucent and the garlic is fragrant.  Set aside.

Add the buttermilk, butter, sour cream, shallot/garlic mix and horseradish to the potatoes and mash all ingredients together using a potato masher.  I would suggest adding the liquid ingredients a little at a time as you mash the potatoes;  we thought the consistency was just right, but  people have different tastes when it comes to consistency so better to start with less and add more.  Once you’ve finished mashing the ingredients together, add the rosemary and thyme and stir into the potatoes with a large spoon.  Add salt and pepper to taste and lastly, add the parmesan cheese and stir into the potatoes until the cheese is melted.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Stay tuned for another Thanksgiving recipe!!


7 Responses

  1. Mmm! I love mashed potatoes! I can’t wait to try this

  2. I love horseradish in mashed potatoes! Great recipe!

  3. Delicious, I often put horseradish in mash for with beef, but I love the additional flavours, great for a ‘special occasion’ potato dish!

  4. These look really yummy!

  5. I love garlic mashed potatoes, and I really love that you added rosemary and thyme!

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