Mashed Potatoes With Toasted Garlic and Smoked Paprika


  1. 3pounds russet potatoes (about 6; peeled if desired), cut into 2-inch chunks
  2. kosher salt and black pepper
  3. 1/4cup olive oil
  4. 4cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  5. 3/4cup whole milk
  6. 8tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut up
  7. 1/2teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and add 2 teaspoons salt and enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the milk, butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the potatoes and mash to the desired consistency. Top with the garlic oil and sprinkle with the paprika.

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