Mimmi’s Mash!

My friend, Mimmi, once told me that she’s a terrible cook and can barely make toast without starting a kitchen fire. My first impulse was to help a fellow vegan out, so I asked what her favourite meal was. “Mashed potatoes.” I promised I’d make a roasted garlic mash for her someday. That was maybe about eight months ago… so I’m a bit late with this recipe, but here it is, Mimmi!:

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

1 whole head garlic
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 pounds potatoes, washed, peeled, and chopped (about 5 or 6, medium-sized)
2 tablespoons Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine)
1/3 cup reserved cooking water
1 heaping tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced*

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. Peel some the outer layers off the head of garlic and cut off just the very top, so all inside of all the cloves are exposed (see pic below). Drizzle the top with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Wrap the entire head in aluminum foil and place into the oven for about 1 hour. Once finished, the cloves should be soft and golden brown.
2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Boil the chopped potatoes for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are fork tender and cooked through.
3. Turn heat off and drain the potatoes, making sure to reserve 1/3 cup of the cooking water.
4. Return the cooked potatoes to the pot, add the Earth Balance, reserved cooking water, and fresh thyme. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of the head and add to the pan. Mash everything together well with a potato masher until smooth.
5. Season to taste with a nice, big pinch of salt and a few turns from your pepper mill. Add more margarine if it’s not creamy enough. Stir through and serve.
Serves: 4 to 6

*I highly recommend using the fresh herbs for this particular recipe, but in a pinch, you can sub 1 teaspoon of dried thyme.


1 Response to “Mimmi’s Mash!”

  1. 1 Mimmi Torell January 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Ross! I love you for this, i will try and make it myself, and then probably make you make it for me when i get back, you are great, and your blog is amazing! Go you ❤

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