Just in time for Thanksgiving, today I have a delicious new recipe for Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes!
This time last year I was preparing to host my first Thanksgiving dinner for my boyfriend, his sister, and my brother at our apartment in Portland. I was really excited to cook my first turkey and make all of my favorite side dishes and desserts to celebrate the occasion and went just a liiiiitle overboard.
I ended up serving:
- A 15-pound turkey
- Mashed potatoes
- Twice baked acorn squash
- Green bean casserole and cranberry sauce (both from Danielle Walker’s Joyful ebook)
- Dinner rolls from Caroline Potter’s All American Paleo Table
- Stuffing (from Kyra’s Bake Shop)
- Chocolate silk pie
- Pumpkin pie
- Caramel cheesecake bites
I’m getting full just reading that list!
It was a ridiculous amount of food for four people but I honestly loved every minute of planning the menu, shopping for the food, preparing everything, and making the holiday a special, memorable occasion. And best of all, knowing that it was all healthy, real food made from nutritious ingredients, not just from a box on a store shelf.
Often times when I’m a guest at a family member or friend’s home for the holidays, it’s a tricky balance of navigating the options and deciding what to indulge in (if it’s worth it). Too often I end up overeating or eating something with gluten in it and feeling really crummy for several days afterwards.
When I finally had the chance to create the menu, I was pretty stoked to make it paleo-friendly! And you know what? Everyone loved all of the food. Even though not everyone at the table followed a gluten free or paleo lifestyle, they all enjoyed the dishes.
Being healthy and celebrating the holidays together IS possible with a little bit of planning! And you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out.
Whether you’re hosting or attending a gathering somewhere else, how do you plan to maintain balance (when it comes to food and fitness during the holidays) this year?
Now, let’s talk about this recipe…
These Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy, full of flavor, and make for a great side dish with a meat and a crunchy roasted veggie or two. They would be great topped with gravy as well (what isn’t, really?!). They are made from white potatoes which may not be for everyone — if you’re eating low carb or avoiding nightshades then you could opt for sweet potatoes instead. From a nutritional standpoint the roasted garlic adds loads of antioxidants (including the ability to fight inflammation and protect against colds and viruses), and the fresh parsley includes vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and more. Not only will you enjoy the taste, but the added nutrition benefits as well!
- 10 medium-sized Russet potatoes
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp butter (or ghee)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Peel the potatoes and chop into fourths (in half and then in half again. Rinse the potatoes and once clean, set aside.
- Fill a large (12-quart) pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. While the water is heating up, heat the oven to 400F for the garlic.
- Prepare the garlic by peeling the outer layers off, leaving just 1 layer on the bulb. Drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil and wrap in foil. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 1 hour at 400F.
- Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes. Bring back to a low boil over medium high heat and boil for 15 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain the potatoes and place back into the 12-quart pot. Add in butter, sea salt, and pepper. Mash together with a potato masher or for a creamier texture, use a beater on low speed for 1-2 minutes. Mix until creamy.
- Once the garlic is golden brown and finished roasting, carefully remove the garlic from the peel by squeezing it out toward the bottom of the clove. Remove garlic from 4 cloves and set aside.
- Mash the roasted garlic with a fork before adding into the potatoes. Using a fork or beaters, whip the potatoes again until the garlic is mixed in (30 seconds on high).
- Serve potatoes with fresh parsley sprinkled on top.
- For more in-depth instructions on roasting garlic, visit this site: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/roasted_garlic/
More delicious side dishes!