I suppose “rustic” is just a fancy way of saying that I make mashed potatoes with the skins on. Why keep the skins, you ask? Not only does it make the name sound fancier, it also makes for a more nutritious mashed potato. The skins house most of the nutrients in the humble potato, including:
- vitamin B6
- vitamin C
In fact, that fiber is especially helping for slowing down the quick carbohydrate burst that comes from starchy potatoes, making them easier on your body and especially your blood sugar with the skin left on. That, and the fact that I really dislike peeling potatoes, so claiming better nutrition seems like an easy out. Just kidding. Mostly. (And seriously, if y’all really hate potato skins, then just peel them and carry on with the recipe. It won’t hurt my feelings.) You may also note that my recipe contains butter, whole milk and sour cream, and I still consider it to be healthy. It’s too long to go into here, but I firmly believe that our bodies need good, old-fashioned saturated fats from dairy just like great-grandma grew up on. The source matters, and so I choose grass-fed and raw as much as possible, but the most important thing is sticking with traditional, and not modern, fats!
- 5 lbs potatoes (I prefer a yellow or red potato, but anything is fine), chopped into large chunks. If you're keeping the skins on, I recommend organic.
- 1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
- ½ stick (1/4 cup) butter -- grass fed is ideal, as is raw/cultured
- 1 cup dairy -- I like to use ½ cup sour cream (or creme fraiche) with ½ cup whole, raw milk. But you could use all milk, all sour cream, buttermilk, etc.
- 1-2 heads of roasted garlic cloves, minced or pressed (personally, we like more than less– I put two whole heads of garlic, about 16 cloves, into mine!)
- Substitute coconut oil for the butter. Instead of using milk and sour cream, you could use a mixture of chicken broth and coconut milk, or just omit the coconut milk and use all chicken broth (but you won’t want quite as much, since it is thinner than dairy). This will give it a rich flavor and you probably won’t even miss the dairy.
- Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Put a large pot of water on to boil (I use a small stockpot).
- Snip the top off the garlic head(s) (but leave the peel on). Put them on a tray or uncovered pan and let them roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, until soft and fragrant and the peels are brown on the edges.
- Boil the potatoes in their skins until they are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork (about 20-30 minutes). Don’t leave potatoes boiling or sitting in hot water longer than necessary, because they will develop more of a gluey consistency. Best to drain them straight away, even if you won’t get to them for a little while.
- Add the butter to the pot until melted. Add in sour cream (milk, creme fraiche, broth, etc.), milk, salt, and garlic. Using either a potato masher or a hand mixer, begin to mash the potatoes and mix in the butter. I don’t like mine super-smooth, but you can beat them until smooth if you like them that way. It helps to give it a few minutes to let the flavors shine, especially the garlic.
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