Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas :) Ours was fantastic. We are so blessed and truly thankful for having everything we could possibly need. This Christmas was special for me - I have a brother in the Air Force who is stationed at Osan AFB in South Korea. He's 26 and attended college away from home but this was the first Christmas he hasn't been able to make it home and our first Christmas where we weren't all together.
My dad ended up making the journey to Korea to be with him (which is special in and of itself!) so my mom came to celebrate Christmas (her first without my dad since they were married) with us at our house. We had a great evening on Christmas Eve with dinner, presents and a surprise Skype session with my dad and brother :)
Anyway...to compliment our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of shrimp, I made roasted garlic mashed potatoes and orange glazed carrots. Since I know some people are intimidated by roasting garlic, I thought I would share the process. ( I don't know why anyone would be intmidated by this - maybe because it sounds yummy?)
I started with three whole bulbs garlic.
and sliced the top off (leaving the root end intact to keep the garlic together)
I rubbed some olive oil into the cut end making sure it was totally covered.
I wrapped each bulb loosely in foil. One easy way to do this is by putting them in muffin tins and looosely covering but I guess my husband threw away all of our muffin tins. Hmm. I wonder why.
Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, remove from oven, unwrap and allow to cool enough to handle.
I don't know how it happend but a few of these warm, yummy cloves ended up in my mouth before they even hit the bowl...
There are so many things you can do with these - mash into some softened butter to use on garlic toast, add them to a salad or pasta, mash them directly on crusty bread...oh, the possibilites are endless!
I mashed mine in with a brick of softened cream cheese to add to my mashed potatoes.
I added a little fresh ground black pepper...this mixture by itself was so good and would have made a fantastic dip.
Oh yeah. This post was about mashed potatoes...I got kind of carried away with my garlic :) I washed, peeled and diced about three pounds of potatoes. I know that Yukon Gold or Russet make the best mashed but this is ND. We're serious about our red potatoes.
Put your diced potatoes (about one inch pieces) in a large pot and add enough cold, salted water just to cover. Simmer until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
Put drained, hot potatoes in a big bowl with cheese/garlic mixture, about 1 cup warm milk and 1/2 stick butter, softened. Mix well.
I don't have any pictures of the finished product, mostly because they looked and smelled so good that we couldn't wait to eat them :)
I hope you all had a great Christmas. Do you have any traditional meals for Christmas Eve?