Mashed potatoes can be so bland sometimes. Just boil them, mash’em, add some butter, milk, and there you have it. Often times, mashed potatoes taste better with added substance, say a good gravy. Well my mashed potatoes are full of flavor. The short name for them is Food Guy’s Patates. The long name:
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes with beer braised caramelized onions topped with cheddar cheese (serves 4-6)
12 Russet Poatoes
2 Large Spanish Onions
2 bottles of your favorite beer. Any kind will do.
2 cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 tbsp butter
1.5 cups of Milk
2 tbsp Canola Oil.
3 Heads of garlic
2 tsp Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut the heads of garlic about half a centimeter from the top exposing the cloves. Create a pouch of tinfoil with the garlic heads in them. On the garlic, add a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place the pouch in a 375 degree oven for 45 min, or until garlic becomes soft.
2. Thinly slice the onions and place them in a saute pan with the olive oil on medium heat.
3. Add half a bottle of beer to the onions and cook them until the liquid evaporates. When it does, add the half bottle of beer.
Note: only stir the onions when they need to be turned. Let them cook, i.e. leave them alone. The slow cooking with help them caramelize.
4. While the onions are cooking, cut the potatoes in pieces. Place them to a large pot of boiling water. Strain the potatoes when they become soft.
5. Pour the hot potatoes back in the pot and mash them. Squeeze the garlic from the heads, and add the butter, milk, salt, and pepper to the potatoes and add them in a casserole dish.
6. Pour the caramelized onions on top of the mashed potatoes. Spread them out evenly. Add the shredded cheddar cheese on top.
7. Place the potatoes in the oven until the cheese has melted.
8. Serve and enjoy.
PS- That other bottle of beer…That’s for you 😉