Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Crème Fraîche

November 14th, 2012

I’ve had a long time love affair with potatoes, in fact when I was a young girl my grandmother nicknamed me “Spuds”.   I’m serious.  Just ask my Memah, it’s true!

I love potatoes fried, scalloped, roasted, baked, and mashed!  And have I expressed my love for crème fraîche here yet?   Well please allow me to.  Crème fraîche is like non-sour sour cream or unsweetened whipped cream or the combination of non-sour sour cream and unsweetened whipped cream or something like that and it’s a totally divine invention by the French that you can use in both savory and sweet dishes.  I love it!

This week we’ve all got Thanksgiving on our minds so I thought it timely to share my mashed potatoes recipe because it combines butter, roasted garlic, half & half and crème fraîche and truly you can’t go wrong with that combination!   Whenever I make this my yoga pants say “bring it” but my jeans beg to differ.  Beware, this ain’t low calorie!  But hey, who cares about things like waistlines when it’s Thanksgiving!

roasted garlic mashed potatoes with creme fraiche

 

Ingredients for 8 servings:

7 large russet potatoes

8-10 cloves of roasted garlic*

3-4 tbsp olive oil

1 cup half & half

1 tsp salt (or ½ tsp if you’re sensitive)

1 stick (or ½ cup butter) at room temperature

7 oz. crème fraîche

 

ingredients

 

First things first, you need to roast yerself some garlic!  Open up your windows because in a few minutes your kitchen will smell grrrrrreat!  But stinky.  *To roast garlic, cut the tops off of two heads of garlic (I roast extra and store them in the fridge for the future).

cut garlic heads

 

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Home Decor Giveaway from Decor Steals

November 14th, 2012

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I’m partnered with one of my sponsors, Decor Steals, to bring you a great giveaway just in time for the holidays!  Decor Steals is a deal of the day home décor site with one new deal every day offered at an incredible discount (up to 85% off retail).  The mission of Decor Steals is to inspire customers to live the good life and not spend a fortune to beautify their homes.decor-steals-LOGO.jpg

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If you’re curious how Decor Steals works, this video is quite helpful!  The daily steal goes live at 10 a.m. EST – signing up via email gets the notice of the daily steal delivered to your inbox.  This week Decor Steals is giving away two $100 shop credits.

Eligibility to win one of two $100 shop credits to Décor Steals.

1. Hop over to Decor Steals and name a favorite “steal” in a comment on this post. It can be the daily steal, extended steal, or one of the pick steals – or name something specific you’re looking for that you’d love to see appear in a daily “steal” coming up in the future.

2. Share this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter and leave a second comment for a second entry.

Two winners, US and Canada only, chosen at random. Giveaway ends Saturday November 23, 2012 at 8 p.m. PST.  By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

 

The winners of the past two giveaways announced here and here – winners notified via email.

 

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