8 to 10 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup olive oil
4 russet potatoes
2 tbsp. butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Asiago cheese, grated 2 tbsp.
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
Put the garlic and olive oil in a heavy saucepan over lowest possible heat and simmer until soft; 30 to 40 minutes. Drain off oil (reserve for marinades or vinaigrettes). Purée garlic; set aside. Meanwhile, prick potatoes with a fork and bake in a 400°F oven for 1 hour, or until soft. While still hot, peel and mash, or pass through a potato ricer. Melt butter in heavy cream; whisk in puréed garlic. Stir into potatoes. Stir in cheeses and season with salt and pepper. Spoon into a gratin dish. Place in a 400°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until browned and bubbling.