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Plain mashed potatoes are close to perfect as is, but adding sweet roasted garlic definitely kicks them up a notch and takes very little extra effort. Rach serves these with her Meatballs with Red Currant Sauce. (If you make the potatoes first, you can keep them warm in a bain marie: set the covered pot in gently simmering water in a larger skillet.) A refreshing Cucumber-Dill Salad is a great way to round out the meal.
Heat oven to 400°F.
Place garlic on foil, spray with oil and season with salt. Form a pouch and roast 45 to 60 minutes until very tender and deep golden. Cool the garlic, then squish from the skin. Paste the garlic.
Place potatoes in pot and cover with water by a couple inches. Season with salt, cook to tender, then drain and return to hot pot to evaporate the last of the water.
Heat milk and butter in small pot.
Transfer the potatoes to a food mill and mill back into hot pot. Stir in the garlic, hot milk and butter and season with salt and white pepper to taste.
Keep warm, covered, in a low-simmer water bath in a larger skillet (a bain marie).