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The Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes

There’s no getting around it. Thanksgiving food is nothing without healthy doses of cream and butter. From the butter that crisps the roasting turkey skin to the fluffy whipped cream that tops pumpkin pie, all the food on your Thanksgiving table simply gets better with butter or cream, or both!

And when it comes to mashed potatoes, I take things seriously. Mashed potatoes top the list for my favorite foods – tied only with refried beans. Incidentally, they both only get better with cream and butter added to them. In fact, adding butter and cream to refried beans is an old secret for most San Antonio Mexican restaurants. It’s why their refried beans taste SO. DARN. GOOD.

But we’re here today to talk about mashed potatoes. That essential Thanksgiving side dish. No matter your feelings on stuffing, green bean casserole, or sweet potato pie, there is no divisiveness to be found in mashed potatoes – except whether there’s ever enough of them to go around!

I decided to write about how I make my garlic mashed potatoes because I had the opportunity to improve them with the use of Dreamfarm gadgets. I mean, I didn’t change my methods or my ingredients, but things just got a whole lot easier!

Dreamfarm is an Australian company I got to know this summer at a home show event. Every product I looked at was more innovative than the last. They’ve taken common ideas, like the potato masher, the garlic press, and even tongs.. and just.. made them BETTER.

I’ll admit that occasionally I’ve skipped fresh garlic in recipes and used dried or powdered because I hate it when my hands smell like garlic for days, no matter what I do to get rid of the scent. (Sometimes even the scrub of kosher salt and cold water doesn’t work 100%.)

Dreamfarm’s Garject changes all that. Not only can you use unpeeled garlic, but Garject actually cleans the minced garlic off it’s surface, and ejects the peel without you having to touch it!

Smood, Dreamfarm’s answer to a better potato masher, is simply fun looking. I find myself bouncing it on top of the counter before I put it away. I know I’m weird, but it’s fun! And it perfectly mashes potatoes, pumpkin, avocado – whatever you want. Without making your wrists and arms tired in the process.

But probably my favorite Dreamfarm product, because of it’s sheer versatility, is the Vebo. Vebo is a silicone basket boiler/strainer/steamer that will sit in any round pot and do any of those things.

The silicone handles stay cool to the touch, so all you have to do is lift the basket out of the boiling water and pour the vegetables into a waiting bowl. It stores easily inside another pot, so you don’t need to find a home for it in your already stuffed cabinets (if they’re anything like mine!).

I’ve used these three items to create my best mashed potatoes, pictured below. Make sure you come back tomorrow for a Dreamfarm giveaway so you too can be a mashed potato superstar!

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Tuesday 27th of November 2012

I am totally drooling over these potatoes! Even though I'm a little late for Thanksgiving, there's no reason I can't make these to go along with a weeknight dinner. :-) I'm loving that silicone basket too - I need one of those!

Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

Saturday 24th of November 2012

As a card-carrying Italian, I really don't mind the smell of garlic on my hands - it's a badge of honor (and my mom is convinced that I release garlic through my pores anyway!) but I know that I'm completely a weirdo in this respect. Any garlic press that cleans itself gets a gold star in my book, and the Smood REALLY is the coolest masher in the world.

MJ Warren

Wednesday 21st of November 2012

It never ceases to amaze me about what a creative mind can come up with. No lump potatoes, oh yum! I use a lot of garlick, so the gadget would be invaluable.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Tuesday 20th of November 2012

I wish I could find a way to make these appear today.


Tuesday 20th of November 2012

These sound delicious. Mashed potatoes are something I really haven't mastered yet - they always turn out not quite right . . . These look perfect though. Maybe this year, with this recipe, I'll finally get it right.