Mashed potatoes need no introduction. Cooking the potatoes with whole cloves of garlic makes them more interesting. Mashed potatoes need no introduction.
Place the potatoes in a large heavy pan, cover generously with cold water, add 1 Tbs. salt, and place over a medium-high flame. Bring to a boil, and simmer until tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 to 40 minutes depending on the thickness of the potatoes.
Drain the potatoes in a colander, shaking it up and down to remove any excess moisture. Let cool. Remove the skins with your fingers or a knife. Put the potatoes and garlic cloves through a potato ricer or food mill into the cleaned out heavy pan.
Place over a low flame, and stirring constantly, add enough butter and cream to make the consistency you like. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.