Simple Food, Big Flavor Recipe: Chipotle-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Aarón Sánchez is the Food Network star of “Chefs vs. City,” “Heat Seekers,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Chopped,” and “Chopped All-Stars.” He is the owner and executive chef of Centrico, located in Manhattan, as well as the culinary face behind Tacombi. The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Aarón’s passion, commitment and skills have placed him among the country’s leading contemporary Latin Chefs. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, singer/songwriter Ife Sanchez Mora, and two their children.

ChipotleMashedPotatoes_400Don’t make the same old boring mashed potatoes for your family—give them a surprising smoky flavor with a secret sauce from Simple Food, Big Flavor.

Serves 6

1 whole head garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 large russet potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup Garlic-Chipotle Love

Simple Food, Big Flavor

Simple Food, Big Flavor

by Aaron Sanchez

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1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut about 1/4 inch off the top of the head of garlic and place the head, cut side up, on the center of a square of foil. Drizzle it with the olive oil and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Wrap the head tightly in the foil and roast in the oven until the garlic is tender and caramelized, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven, unwrap, and let cool to room temperature.

2. While the garlic is roasting, peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Put the potatoes into a large saucepan, cover them with cold water, and add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and put them back in the saucepan.

3. Heat the milk and butter in the microwave or in a small saucepan until just hot, not boiling. Squeeze the softened garlic into the potatoes and use a potato masher or a hand mixer to mash the potatoes and garlic together, whipping in the milk and butter and the Garlic-Chipotle Love. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at once.

Note: If you need to hold the potatoes, smooth the surface and pour a 1/4-inch layer of hot milk over the top. Cover the saucepan and keep the potatoes warm on the back of the stove. Just before serving, beat in the additional milk.

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