Two for the Price of One Potatoes for Recipe Friday

I was planning to post my meatloaf recipe, and even took pictures, but it’s been a crazy week and I just didn’t get it done. So I decided to post the side dish of Garlic Mashed Potatoes first, then I’ll post Meatloaf next week.

I absolutely love potatoes of any kind. If given a choice of potatoes, rice, or pasta, I will almost always prefer the potatoes. And just simple mashed potatoes is my favorite, in part because you can do so much with the leftovers, too. Which is why the title of this post is Two for the Price of One Potatoes — because I’m going to include two recipes, with the second one using the leftovers from the first.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


6 large russet potatoes
2 cloves garlic
½ – ¾ cup milk
salt and pepper


Peel the potatoes and cut into small pieces. Place in a large pot with enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium high. Finely chop the garlic cloves or use a garlic press. Add the garlic to the potatoes and water. Add ½ tsp or so of salt. Continue boiling until the potatoes are tender, which will depend in part on the size of pieces you cut. When potatoes are tender, drain off all the water. Return the potatoes to low heat (or to the burner turned off if you have a glass top stove) to steam off any remaining water. This only takes a minute or so. Remove from heat. Add the milk, starting with the lower amount and only adding more as needed. You want to be careful not to add too much milk at first because your potatoes will be soupy. (If you want potato soup, I have a recipe for that.) Add salt and pepper to taste, and mash potatoes by hand with a potato masher. For smoother potatoes, you can use a hand mixer to blend the potatoes instead. Serve with your favorite entrée and vegetable.

Because this recipe calls for using 6 large potatoes, there are always leftovers at our house because there are only three of us. And that is just fine with me because that means we can have potatoes again the next night without having to peel and boil them with this next recipe.

Cheesy Potato Puffs


Leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg
¼ finely shredded cheddar cheese
½ tsp dry basil


Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, egg, cheese, basil, and salt until well combined. Put potato mixture by large spoonful in mounds on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until potato puffs are golden brown. Serve with another of your favorite entrées and a vegetable.

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8 Responses

  1. My mouth literally watered like Pavlov’s dogs. Too funny! I’m not even that into food, but this made-by-hand side dish sounds heavenly!

    You find joy in cooking, it shows in your recipe posts. But for me, not only do I not sing, not dance, (and not work), I don’t cook either! What the heck do I do?

    That realization is even scarier than a mouth that waters… : )

    • Linda, I do love to cook, though I would love it more if someone else would always take care of the clean up for me. 😉 One reason I love to cook is because I love to eat, and if I cook it I can contol what’s in it.

      It seems to me you do plenty. You are the primary caretaker for someone who is ill, and that can be exhausting. Plus you write. Peace, Linda

  2. Thanks Linda,

    This is super efficient of you. Many thanks for sharing 🙂

    I hear summer!! 🙂


    • Ann, Yes, the sun is even shining here! When summer is really here, and my Treager pellet stove is working again, I have another great and easy potato recipe I will share. I should have included in the recipe that you can actually use chicken or vegetable broth instead of milk for those who can’t do milk, and the potato puffs are good without cheese, too. Peace, Linda

  3. I do a lot of potato mashing! But haven’t tried garlic ones. I prayed yesterday for God to help me in the cooking department. I’m not real good at it and then face extra challenges with what my family will and will not eat . . .and He answered me. Right here! 🙂 Here is a way to make something they like a little better, tastier. Love it and love you! Thank you! Will wait for the meatloaf. He hasn’t liked mine again lately . . .ha! God bless you and thank you for helping me!

    • Deb, I’m so glad these recipes will be help. I have actually made some bad meatloaves in the past. It’s a tricky dish. But I think I finally figured it out this week. Between the three of us we polished off 1 1/2 pounds of burger except for one little slice they left me for lunch. Peace, Linda

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