Recipe by Craft Beering
Yield: 6 servings
Prep & cook time: 30 min
*Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market
● 3 lbs starchy potatoes* (such as Russet or Yukon Gold)
● 2/3 cup beer* (such as pilsner or lager)
● 1/2 cup butter*
● 1/2 heavy cream
● 2 cloves garlic*, minced (optional)
● salt & pepper (to taste)
● 1 tsp fresh parsley*, finely chopped, for garnish
1. Peel the potatoes, rinse and cut them into uniform pieces, as needed for even cooking.
2. Place the potatoes in a large stockpot, add 1 tbsp salt and enough cold water to cover them by about 2 inches. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and boil until the potatoes are very tender.
3. While to potatoes are boiling, in a small saucepan over medium heat bring the beer to simmer. Temporarily remove from the stove and add the butter. As soon as it begins to melt add the cream. If using minced garlic, add it now. Stir to combine, place back on the stove and keep warm using the lowest setting available.
4. Drain the boiled potatoes and break them down using a masher. Add the beer mixture as you continue to mash. Optional – once the liquids are fully incorporated you can whip the mash for about a minute to make it extra creamy.
5. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed, stir well. Serve on a warm plate and garnish with parsley.
*Be sure to use heavy cream – its higher fat content will ensure that it does not curdle in contact with the heated beer. Always add it after you’ve added the butter for the same reason.
*Adding the garlic to the warm mixture will significantly mellow its sharp taste and bring out its sweetness.