Julia Child’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

By Adam Centamore - March 20, 2019

A garlic-enriched béchamel renders these parsley-flecked potatoes creamy and decadent.

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Thirty cloves of garlic go into this creamy side dish, adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume 1 (Alfred A. Knopf, 1961). The cloves are first blanched whole, which enhances their sweetness, then used to make a rich béchamel sauce that’s stirred into mashed potatoes with cream and parsley. This recipe first appeared in our November 2014 issue with the story The Glories of Garlic.