Many years ago my mom made mashed potatoes for dinner. She had a sly grin on her face and told us she had tried a secret ingredient and we were supposed to figure it out. After taking one bite my 13 year old brain decided I didn't care what the secret ingredient was as long as I never had to eat it again. My mom refused to tell us what she added but years later I figured it out. Needless to say I was a little leary to try Garlic Mashed Potatoes when our friend Tryon offered to make them. I decided to be brave and give them a try. My mom will be pleased to know that 11 years later my taste buds have grown up and I now prefer this side dish over regular mashed potatoes any day.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
8 large baking potatoes
1 cup butter
3 Tbsp. milk
1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic (I like using the fresh ground garlic salt)
Scrub potatoes, dice and boil on high till soft. (Leave skins ON) Once potatoes are boiled drain water and add butter and milk. Beat until smooth. Add garlic salt (could add more/less depending on preference). Top individual portions with cheese, bacon and sour cream. Serve hot.