Truffled Mashed Potatoes
In France, fresh truffles are sometimes referred to as “black diamonds,” fetching as much as $500 per pound. Truffle oil provides the same complex flavor at a fraction of the price. (Truffle oils vary in intensity, so start with the smallest amount recommended and adjust according to taste.)
1. Bring potatoes, garlic, and enough water to cover all by 1 inch to a boil in medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft when pricked with fork. Drain, and reserve 1 cup cooking liquid.
2. Return potatoes and garlic to saucepan; mash with reserved cooking water until smooth. Stir in truffle oil and parsley, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.