This Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe is made from scratch. These smooth, creamy, flavorful potatoes are the perfect side dish.
Potatoes are one of the most popular side dishes, and we love them in every form, from baked to fried and mashed to shredded. My family also loves garlic, and these roasted garlic mashed potatoes are one of our favorites!
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes Ingredients
You only need a few basic ingredients to make the best garlic mashed potatoes! Most of these ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.
- Russet Potatoes: I chose russet potatoes because they are readily available. Another popular choice for making garlic mashed potatoes is Yukon Gold. Both russet and Yukon gold potatoes have a high starch content and are good for mashing.
- Milk: It adds liquid to the mashed potatoes and contributes to the creaminess.
- Butter: Some of the butter is stirred into the potatoes, and the rest is drizzled over the top once they are in a bowl.
- Garlic: We used roasted garlic to make these mashed potatoes. Roasted garlic is milder and provides wonderful flavor. You can use freshly minced garlic or garlic powder if you prefer.
- Seasonings: These garlic mashed potatoes are seasoned with salt, pepper, and thyme.
How To Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Making homemade, creamy garlic mashed potatoes is totally achievable for everyone. The most important things to keep in mind are the kind of potatoes you use, not overcooking them, using a ricer, and adding hot milk and butter to make them creamy.
Potatoes: Peel about two pounds of potatoes and cut them into large pieces that are roughly the same size so that they cook evenly.
Cook: Put the potatoes into a large pot. Add enough water to cover them and stir in the salt. Bring the potatoes to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20-25 minutes until they are fork-tender.
Mash: For the smoothest potatoes, press the cooked potatoes through a ricer! You can also use a potato masher or even a fork.
Stir: Warm the milk and butter in the microwave. Pour it over the riced (or mashed) potatoes. Add the mashed roasted garlic, salt, and pepper and stir until smooth.
Garnish: Spread the garlic mashed potatoes in a dish and top them with melted butter, dried thyme, and pepper.
Frequently Asked Questions
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and in the freezer for 2-3 months.
More Potato Recipes
Not only are potatoes affordable, but they are also versatile! You can use them to make soups, side dishes, and appetizers. They can be baked, fried, broiled, and boiled. And the best thing is that they are delicious no matter how you choose to prepare them.
- Our Twice Baked Potatoes can be served as a side dish or appetizer!
- Loaded Potato Poppers have mashed potatoes, corn, cheese, and bacon bits inside.
- Homemade Scalloped Potatoes are delicious with ham!
- Oven Roasted Potatoes are perfect for breakfast with eggs or as a dinner side dish.
More Side Dish Recipes
- This classic Macaroni Salad is popular all year long!
- Baked Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food.
- Grilled Zucchini is a quick, easy side dish.
- Our Broccoli Salad is so easy to make!
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 2 lbs russet potatoes peeled and quartered
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup butter
- 3 cloves roasted garlic, mashed see note one
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoon butter melted
- Garnish with thyme and black pepper
- Place the potato pieces in a large pot. Cover with cold water and add a tablespoon of salt. Bring the water to a boil. Then, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until tender.
- Drain the potatoes and press through a potato ricer (or mash with a fork or potato masher if you prefer).
- Warm the milk and butter in the microwave. Add to the potatoes along with the garlic, kosher salt, and coarse ground black pepper. Stir until smooth.
- Transfer to a serving dish. Top with melted butter and garnish with a sprinkle of thyme and black pepper.
One: Roasted Garlic Substitutes
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic = 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder = 1 clove garlic