How can you improve comforting mashed potatoes? Flavour them with mellow roasted garlic and sweet-pungent spring onions, blended into a potato mixture enriched with cream and margarine or butter.
Place the unpeeled garlic cloves in a heatproof glass baking dish. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil, then toss the cloves to coat them in the oil. Cover tightly with foil. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F/200 degree C oven for about 25 minutes, or till garlic is tender when pierced. Remove garlic from oven; cool slightly.
Hold the top end of a slightly cooled clove between thumb and index finger. Squeeze the garlic to force the clove out of the papery skin through the root end.
Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, including the peeled roasted garlic. Mash lightly with an electric mixer (do not overmix or potatoes will be sticky), or use a fork.