07Nov2011 Crazy Cooking Challenge: Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes Pin It I absolutely love participating in the Crazy Cooking Challenge hosted over at Mom’s Crazy Cooking. This month’s challenge was Mashed Potatoes and I was so excited! I grew up eating instant and I still to this day love instant mashed lol. They’re just so easy to whip up on a week night and they taste great, as long as you go for a better brand (Idaho or Betty Crocker get my vote). I needed to find a real mashed potato recipe though to serve along with the turkey dinner I made for the fam on Halloween. This recipe was great! I have never roasted garlic before, it was seriously easy people. You have to try, it brings such a different sweet garlic flavor. Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Mashed Potatoes A Crafty Cook 6 large potatoes 1 head of garlic olive oil kosher salt 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup milk 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 400 and cut about 1/3 off the top of the garlic head. Drizzle some olive oil over the garlic and sprinkle kosher salt. Top with another drizzle of olive oil. Wrap garlic in foil and place directly on oven rack for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse potatoes and place in pot; cover with water. Bring water to a boil and cook for about 30 minutes. Stick a fork in the largest potato to see if it’s done (should slide easily into potato, if not — give them another 10 minutes or so). Drain potatoes and let cool slightly. Peel potatoes (MUCH easier to peel potatoes AFTER they are cooked) and cut into chunks. Add the roasted garlic to the potatoes by popping them out of the cloves, so fun! Add sour cream, milk, and parm, beating until well combined. Add milk a splash at a time until desired creaminess. Pour potatoes into a 2 quart baking dish and bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until heated through. We thought these were great and definitely not your typical garlic mashed potatoes. This batch made enough for everyone to have some along with their turkey dinner, and we still had leftovers for a few days. Be sure to click on the other Crazy Cooking Challenge participants and vote on your favorite mashed potato recipe. Hopefully it’ll give you some ideas for your own turkey dinner coming up! Linking up to: Amaze Me Monday, Homemaker Monday, Meatless Monday, and Mangia Mondays.