The best Mashed Potatoes and gravy EVER!

Let's be honest...mashed potatoes go with everything! I can cook anything, and add a side of deliciously creamy mashed potatoes and garlic infused gravy and get only smiles and full bellies.  

What's the secret for my creamy side dish?  OK, OK, I'll share:

Ingredients: 

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  • Four medium red potatoes (makes enough for two people.  adjust recipe accordingly)
  • one tablespoon of butter (use real butter)
  • one tablespoon of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of milk 
  • one teaspoon of garlic powder 
  • salt/pepper to taste

For the gravy:

  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (or bacon drippings)
  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 4 cups of milk.
  • one teaspoon of garlic powder
  • salt/pepper to taste

PREPARATION:

Wash the potatoes and trim them, leaving most of the peel on.  Cut them into small cubes.  Bring water to boil and cook potatoes until they are soft, but still a little firm.  Drain water.  Mash the potatoes using a fork,  Since the potatoes are not totally soft, this step should look flaky, almost dry.  Add butter, cream cheese and milk and mix.  add garlic powder and salt/pepper.  Add more butter and cream cheese as needed until the mixture is soft and creamy but not runny.  Serve with Gravy.

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Gravy Preparation:

Heat up the vegetable oil or bacon drippings in medium heat.  SLOWLY whisk in the flour and cook, stirring continuously.  add salt/pepper and garlic powder.  Continue to stir until you achieve the desired darkness.  The mixture will start to turn brown the longer it cooks.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN THE FLOUR.  To avoid this, stir with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking to the bottom.  Once flour is cooked, SLOWLY pour in milk.  Do this step very slowly and stirring constantly.  If you see clumps, simply keep stirring until they disappear.  continue cooking until gravy thickens.  

  Do a taste test.  Add more salt/pepper or garlic powder as needed for a robust flavor.  The gravy will thicken more and more as it cooks.  Remove from heat when is almost to the desired thickness... It will keep thickening even after you remove it from the heat.  

Serve over mash potatoes (or on top of anything really!)

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