Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17)

Nicholas' Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes

8 to 10 cloves garlic, peeled

1 cup olive oil

4 russet potatoes

2 T. butter

1/3 to 1/2  cup heavy cream

¼ cup Asiago cheese, grated

2 T. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

Salt & pepper, to taste

Put the garlic and olive oil in a heavy saucepan over lowest possible heat and simmer until soft; 30 to 40 minutes. Drain off oil (reserve for marinades or vinaigrettes). Puree garlic; set aside. Meanwhile, prick potatoes with a fork and bake in a 400°F oven for 1 hour, or until soft. While still hot, peel and mash, or pass through a potato ricer. Melt butter in heavy cream; whisk in puréed garlic. Stir into potatoes. Stir in cheeses and season with salt and pepper. Spoon into a gratin dish. Place in a 400°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until browned and bubbling.