Thanksgiving dinner is about transforming ordinary into extraordinary. This is why our first Thanksgiving recipe, that I first published in my cooking blog Savoir Faire – The Pleasures of the Palate, is so deluxe: I made it with a cream and garlic infusion for a velvety texture and extra flavor. Of course it has some extra calories, but trust me: it is worth it.


Garlic Infused Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients for 8 portions
10 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in thirds
2 cups of whipping cream
3 pounds of red skin potatoes, peeled and cut in half
12 Tbs. of butter
Coarse sea salt
Freshly finely ground white pepper

  1. In a small saucepan put the garlic with the cream over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Let this cream and garlic infusion completely cool down.
  4. Pour the mixture into a blender, process it and set aside.
  5. In a large pot, place the potatoes, cover them with water and boil them over medium heat for 20-25 minutes, until tender.
  6. While still warm, drain the potatoes and mash them with the butter and garlic infused cream.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Image via Enriqueta Lemoine

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