Thursday, October 15, 2009

roasted garlic mashed potatoes

recently i was making the delicious chickpea cutlets from veganomicon for a little down home dinner. i was trying to come up with good comfy side, and i thought mashed potatoes sounded super comforting. to make them a little more sexy, i decided to add in some roasted garlic. if you have never had the pleasure of roasting your own garlic (and then eating it), you are missing out on something dreamy.


  • 8 baby red potatoes
  • 1 bulb roasted garlic (see below)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (for garlic roasting)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened soymilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • gravy (optional)
first you will need to roast the garlic. peel off the outer layer of papery skin and then cut approximately 1/4 inch off the top. you should be able to see the exposed cloves all packed neatly in the bulb. place on a 6'x6' piece of foil, and pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the exposed cloves. using your fingers, massage the oil into the crevices and on the outside. wrap the foil up around the garlic into a closed pouch and put on a baking sheet. bake at 400°f for approximately 35 minutes. once cooked, the individual cloves will slide out of the remaining skin. wait for it to cool a bit before you remove the cloves. :)

while the garlic is baking, chop and boil the potatoes for 20 minutes. drain, and combine all ingredients including the garlic cloves (skins removed). using a potato masher, mash them until they are chunky and no whole cloves of garlic remain. if you don't like your mashed pots chunky, you could add in a little more soy milk and margarine and whip them until they are creamy.

if you want to top with gravy, try jessy and dan's white bean gravy. i kid you not, this is my go-to gravy going forward. it is so tasty and has a nice little bite from the miso. the only thing i did different was to mash the white beans up a little before adding them. this would also rock with some vegan mock meatloaf.

19 comments:

The Voracious Vegan said...

Oh YUM! I have been meaning to roast up some garlic lately, and this has given me just the push I need! Seriously delicious!

Sal said...

you just cannot beat mashed taters for comformt food, cannot!! i love the idea of adding roasted garlic, gonna try this.

Lauren said...

Nothing beats roasted garlic!!! Those mashed potatoes look delicious!!

Debra said...

yummy! love roasted garlic!
Debra @ Vegan Family Style

Veggie Belly said...

roasted? and mashed?? with garlic??! oh my god youre killing me here! this sounds soooo god! bookmarked!

Bianca said...

I added roasted garlic to my mashed taters last time I made 'em and OMG, so much better! I doubt I'll ever make un-roasted garlic mashed potatoes again. I think I'll have to check out Jessy and Dan's white bean gravy too!

jessy said...

hellz yeah on making those mashed taters even more awesome with some roasted garlic. i puffy heart roasting up garlic - and i always end up eating a few cloves as is. they're so delicious! your mashed potatoes look so fluffy and fantastic! mmmmmmmmm!

we're so glad you love our white bean gravy miss v.! you are too awesome with the kind words & sweet shout-out! i love your idea of smashing up some of the white beans. we're making our gravy for thanksgiving this year & i'm totally gonna smash some up this time around. thanks! :)

iRaw said...

Your mashed potatoes look perfectly delicious!!!!!!!

GEORGE ALAN FRAMPTON said...

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are one of my favourites. Sometimes, when I don't have the time, I just boil the garlic with the potatoes, then "mash" them with a hand mixer.

Mihl said...

I totally agree with you on roasted garlic! Your potatoes sound like the perfect side for those cutlets.

AnuSriram said...

Looks so tempting! Bookmarked to try.

Vegetation said...

Creamy roasted garlic and mashed potatoes are a match made in heaven! YUM!!

Lele said...

That roasted garlic is sooooo beautiful. Roasting makes everything better (well almost everything) but it does something particularly magical to garlic.

5 Star Foodie said...

Mashed potatoes sound delicious with roasted garlic!

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veggievixen said...

oooh GARLIC. amazing.

yes, the green tomato jam can be eaten on toast like regular jam. it's really good!

Mike K said...

Roasted garlic and mashed potatoes are a totally perfect combination, and the smell of roasting garlic is pure goodness.

Hannah said...

Okay, how did you know that this is exactly what I've been craving all week?! Ugh, I'm drooling... I wish I could have a giant bowl of this right now!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Oh man, now I want mashed potatoes for dinner. Love them with the roasted garlic!