Friday, February 15, 2013

Chipotle and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

Chipotle and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
Everybody likes mashed potatoes.  The addition of smoky chipotles, white cheddar and roasted garlic makes this fantastic side something to write home about.  The next day I always make potato patties with eggs for breakfast.  Just the aroma of these delicious potatoes will drive your family crazy.

1 bulb of garlic
2-½ lbs. White potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 canned chipotle chiles plus 1 Tbl Adobo sauce (The sauce the chiles come canned in)
1 ½ cups white cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup cream
2 Tbl sweet butter
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Cut the pointed end off the garlic bulb exposing the end of the individual cloves.  Wrap the bulb in foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned and soft.  Meanwhile boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water for 20 minutes or until tender, remove from heat but leave in the hot water.  Allow the garlic to cool enough to handle and then squeeze out the roasted garlic paste.  Mash the chipotle chiles along with the adobo sauce and set aside.  Remove the potatoes from the hot water and mash well along with 2 tablespoons of the roasted garlic paste.  Immediately mash in the chipotles, cheese, cream and butter until creamy and the cheese is fully melted.  Season to taste and cover until serving.
Serves 6

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