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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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For this recipe you can substitute regular potatoes to the Yukon type, the other ingredients include labneh, a (really) soft cheese from middle east more strained than Greek Yogurt and the cream flavored with garlic and rosemary.


  • 4 pounds large Yukon potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 ½- to 2-inch chunks

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 10 garlic cloves (5 crushed, 5 thinly sliced)

  • 2 rosemary sprigs

  • 1 cup labneh

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • ⅓ cup lightly packed fresh dill fronds


Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water and add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

While the potatoes are boiling, combine the cream, the 5 crushed garlic cloves and the rosemary in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring and watching carefully (cream has a tendency to want to be dramatic and boil over), until the garlic has softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and discard the garlic and rosemary.

Drain the potatoes, then return them to the pot to dry off. Using a potato masher or ricer, gently crush the potatoes while stirring in the garlicky cream; reserve the saucepan. Add the labneh and season generously with salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning and stir until everything is well-combined.

Wipe clean the reserved saucepan, then add the butter and the sliced garlic to it. Place the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until the garlic begins to brown lightly at the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and use a slotted spoon to lift the garlic slices from the butter. Transfer the slices to a plate; they will become crispy as they cool.


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