Infused oil adds punch to potatoes

Carolyn Malcoun
Eating Well

Roasting garlic and thyme in olive oil infuses potatoes with a heady flavor that makes a luxurious addition to these mashed potatoes. Purple potatoes make a delightful lavender mash, but you can use white potatoes if you prefer.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Purple Potatoes

1 head garlic

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

10 multi-branch sprigs fresh thyme (about 1/3 ounce)

2 pounds purple potatoes; cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1/2 cup low-fat milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Rub off excess papery skin from garlic head without separating the cloves. Slice the tip off the head, exposing the cloves. Place the garlic in a small baking dish, such as a bread pan. Drizzle with oil and lay thyme sprigs around it. Cover with foil. Roast until very soft, 30 to 45 minutes. Uncover and let cool.

About 15 minutes before the garlic is done, cook potatoes in a pot of boiling water until tender, 8 to 12 minutes. Drain well.

Return the potatoes to the pot. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins into the potatoes. Strain the oil through a fine sieve over the potatoes, pressing on the solids (discard the thyme). Add sour cream, milk, salt and pepper; mash to desired consistency. Serves 10.

Per serving: 139 calories; 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 45 percent calories from fat); 16 g carbohydrates; 2 g sugar; 5 mg cholesterol; 142 mg sodium; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber.