Servings: Serves 12–15
Ingredients 2 pounds (about 5 to 6) Idaho potatoes , peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks1 cup heavy cream , brought to a boil and kept warm6 tablespoons butter , softened to room temperatureSalt and cracked black pepper1 small head garlic1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil1/2 cup basil leaves , chopped fine, additional small leaves for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400°. Rub the garlic head with the olive oil. Wrap in foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove and let cool. When cool enough to touch, squeeze out the garlic into a small bowl and set aside. The garlic should be the consistency of thick toothpaste.
In a large saucepan place, cover the chopped potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are very tender when stabbed with a fork, about 15 minutes. Drain well. Return to the saucepan and add the cream and butter. With a hand mixer, blend until just smooth (do not over-whip).
Add the reserved garlic and the chopped basil. Garnish each serving with small whole basil leaves. Season generously with salt and pepper and serve immediately.