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Anybody who has been a reader of my website knows one simple, unexplained truth… My readers are borderline obsessed with recipes involving potatoes. I don’t know why.
For a long time, I thought everybody was in on it together, deciding to really freak out and get excited over the potato recipes as a joke… After all, the unofficial tradition started with a potato post that was in or around April Fools day a few years ago.
But as time has marched on, I’ve just come to learn that my readers just really, really, really love potato recipes.
Well, potato lovers rejoice… Today for my sort-of “Avengers” themed week, I bring you a dish surely to be approved by The Hulk: Garlic Smashed Potatoes.
To anybody who’s been to Whispering Canyon Cafe back in the day, these potatoes need no introduction. Served family style in a skillet, they were the carb-loaded anchor to a plate of protein. Perfectly complimenting the juicy and flavor-filled barbecue that Whispering Canyon Cafe is famous for, these soft, creamy, and garlic soaked potatoes were heaven.
While they have been replaced in favor of the unpeeled garlic Yukon mash (which are just as nom nom tasty, I might add), I still dream about these potatoes. Since they’re ridiculously easy to make, and they taste just like the real deal, I’m glad I can now add them to my “oh my goodness, it’s 5pm, what am I making for dinner?” routine.
Oh, and I can verify, these are a certified hit with even non-potato loving children. This recipe makes a healthy amount and I came out with no leftovers.
Are you a potato lover too? Then you have to check out some of my past potato recipes including:
So let’s hear it… What’s your favorite potato recipe from Disney Parks? And why do you guys love potatoes so much?
Garlic Smashed Potatoes
Recipe type: Side Dishes
As was served at Whispering Canyon Cafe, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- 2½ pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut
- 10 cloves of garlic
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup roasted garlic paste
- Salt to taste
- White pepper to taste
- Grated nutmeg to taste
- Parsley for garnish, chopped, if desired
- Bring large pot of salted water to boil, add potatoes and garlic cloves. Simmer until potatoes are tender (cooking times vary). Drain well and return to pot and put back on stovetop over low heat.
- Using a potato masher, roughly mash potatoes. Add heavy cream, garlic paste, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. Serve warm and garnished with parsley, if desired.