Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Recipe Submitted By:  Diane Pittman Vasseur

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

3 pounds small red potatoes, unpeeled, cut in halves or quarters (depending on size)
1 good pinch of garlic powder, or to taste,  **see Note below**
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water.  Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Drain in a colander.

Meanwhile, heat the cream and butter together in a small saucepan, but do not boil.  Transfer the potatoes back to the pot they were cooked in.  With a potato masher, coarsely smash the potatoes (you want to leave some lumps), adding enough of the cream/butter mixture for desired consistency (you may not need all of it).  Season as desired with a little garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

**NOTE:  You may use raw garlic if you like, just boil about 4 cloves with the potatoes.  A couple sprigs of fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary can be chopped and added when mashing, if desired.**

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