I’ve had some fun in the kitchen today preparing dishes for Christmas Eve and tomorrow’s Christmas Day feasts. With my 5-year-old daughter Grace by my side, I was reminded of this next recipe submitted in our Barrington Family Recipes Contest. Jason Richards lives in the Village of Barrington and he says he inherited his love of cooking from his dad who inspired his recipe for “Jay’s Creamy Gaaahlic Reds”. It’s Jay’s uniquely seasoned and savory mashed potato recipe.
Heinen’s grocery store in Barrington has given us seven generous gift cards to give away to seven winners in our Barrington Family Recipes contest which is coming to a close. Once we reveal the remainder of our recipes this week (there’s only one more to come), we’ll open in up to a vote and announce our winners by the end of 2013.
(To view all of the Barrington Family Recipes we’ve shared to date, CLICK HERE.)
When Jason shared his “Jay’s Creamy Gaaahlic Reds” recipe, we asked him how they became his go-to dish for the holidays and here’s what he had to say:
“My father taught me how to cook and his mashed potatoes were top notch!”
“This was the first dish I made myself for our family Thanksgiving celebration going on 15 years now. I do believe I have a great recipe and, of course, I added my own extras to perfect it. Lots of fresh garlic is the key.”
“Also, never use anything less than whole milk if your not a fan of heavy cream.”
3 1/2 lbs small red potatoes
2 whole garlic bulbs
1 stick softened salted butter
8 oz. heavy cream
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. olive oil
Cut the tops off of the garlic bulbs and drizzle 1/2 tsp. olive oil on each bulb, then wrap in aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
Boil 3 quarts of salted water, wash and quarter unpeeled potatoes, boil for 25 minutes.
Drain then add butter and heavy cream
Then squeeze the garlic cloves out of the bulbs into the potatoes, mash well and serve.
Stay tuned because we have ONE MORE special, reader-submitted recipes to share here at 365Barrington.com. Then, we’ll open it up to a vote for you to help us select our Barrington Family Recipe contest winners and we will announce their names at 365Barrington.com before the end of 2013.