Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy garlic mashed potatoes made with roasted garlic and Yukon Gold potatoes.

  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold or another yellow, waxy potato
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 3 Tbsp butter

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the outer layer of papery skin of the whole garlic head, leaving the head itself intact. Using a paring knife, slice off the tops (1/4-inch to 1/2-inch) of the garlic cloves so they are all exposed. Drizzle olive oil over the garlic heads, salt lightly, and wrap lightly in aluminum foil. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft to the touch and are beginning to brown. (See our Roasted Garlic recipe). Remove from the oven and let cool.

2 While the garlic is roasting, peel and chop the potatoes into 1-inch chunks. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, cover with cold water. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer your potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.

3 Warm the cream and melt the butter together, either in a small pan on the stovetop or in a bowl in the microwave. Drain the pot with the potatoes and put it back on the stovetop over low heat. Put the drained potatoes back in the pot. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the potatoes and begin mashing with a potato masher or a large fork. Add the cream and butter and mash until the potatoes are the consistency you want. Do not over-beat them, or they potatoes will become gummy.

Taste for salt and add some if needed.

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Comments

  1. mantha

    The nutty-sweet flavor is indescribable — you may never want plain mashed potatoes again. Try using instead of regular mashed in a shepherd’s pie made with ground lamb.

  2. Adrian Seltzer

    You can skip the garlic roasting. Peel the garlic (1 clove for every 2 potatoes) and cook it along with the quartered potatoes. They might take longer to cook, but won’t be water logged. A sprig of fresh rosemary is a delicious addition to the cooking liquid. When potatoes are tender, remove the rosemary, drain well & mash the whole thing together. Use buttermilk in place of the cream. Season with salt & pepper.

  3. Jenny

    While I love the idea of roasting the garlic, by the time I’ve prepped the potatoes, it’s just too much extra work for this mama bear. I agree with Adrian- just toss a few cloves with the potatoes and boil- They mash up with the potatoes and give you that same yummy bonus!

  4. CJ McD

    Roasted garlic sounds delicious. Most times I don’t take the extra step. I just toss a couple of peeled cloves in the pot with the potatoes. Cooking the garlic along with the potatoes softens and sweetens the flavor and is 1, 2, 3, quick and easy.

    However, I do so love the flavor of roasted garlic and think it’s a flavor worthy of the extra step.

    And you’re right. Yukon golds make THE BEST mashed potatoes.

  5. Susan

    This exactly how I make my garlic mashed as well. I relate to your use of only 1/3 cup of cream or just enough to add moisture. Too many people add too much milk or cream or sour cream and you can’t taste the potato! This allows them to be mashed until creamy but not get too soft. A plain mashed potato made this way holds up much better for gravy.

  6. Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie

    A good friend and I have an idea for a cookbook filled with 52 different recipes for mashed potatoes – a different recipe every week. Of course very garlicky ones are high up on the list. Potatoes and garlic – a match made in heaven!

  7. Tina

    In order to make these anytime, without taking the extra time to roast the garlic, I purchase several heads of garlic at a time and roast them. I squeeze the bulbs into a bowl, mash them and then freeze them in a resealable bag, fattening the garlic into a thin layer. It’s very easy to break off a piece when I need roasted garlic for a recipe. I’ve tried just boiling the garlic with the potatoes, but really, the roasted garlic tastes so much better.

    Brilliant idea, thank you! ~Elise

  8. bureaucrat

    I love mashed potatoes. My favourite way of eating them (made with or without garlic), is to scoop it into a bowl and mix in an anchovy (or two). Let the heat from the mash melt the anchovies….yum! It adds a nice deep savoury flavour to the mash.

    Great idea, thanks! ~Elise

  9. Nick (Macheesmo)

    I’m really excited that you list the garlic in heads and not cloves.

    That’s definitely how you make garlic mashed potatoes ;)

    If you have a date that night, make sure your date eats it also!

  10. Caroline

    I looove roasted garlic but when I have made this dish in the past and just thrown the roasted garlic cloves in with the potatoes before mashing them, I find that I can’t get the garlic flavor to really disseminate throughout the entire dish; we just find slightly mashed chunks of garlic here and there. I’ve tried doubling the garlic and mashing long enough to approach gummy and it still doesn’t seem to fix the problem. I was thinking about pureeing the garlic next time before adding to the potatoes but that’s just more work and more dirty dishes so I haven’t tried it yet. Any other suggestions?

  11. Dara

    When it comes to mashed potatoes, I am a traditionalist. Milk (or cream), butter, salt, and pepper makes for the perfect mashed potatoes, in my mind. That being said, roasted garlic is so subtle and sweet in its flavor that I think it would pass the mashed potato test in my house. Great, simple recipe.

  12. amy corinne

    These sound great! I make my potatoes using a very similar recipe, but instead of sour cream (my husband doesn’t like it), I use a bit of a block of cream cheese (1/4-1/8, maybe). Delicious!

  13. Stephanie

    I LOVE garlic anything! Especially mashed potatoes. I always toss in a little lemon zest, a little rosemary, and instead of heavy cream I use both mayo and milk to get the consistency I like (sounds weird, but the mayo adds a nice tang!).

  14. mary

    I roast a chicken with a whole head and sometimes two, of peeled garlic nestled in the chicken’s cavity and under the chicken’s skin before roasting.
    When my chicken is done, I scoop out several of the roasted garlic pieces and toss them into my hot potates, then mash them as usual. My whole family adores the chicken and the potatoes.

    Great idea, thanks! ~Elise

  15. Sues

    I’m not one of those people who obsesses over plain old mashed potatoes. But if you load up on the garlic, it’s a whole different game. These look wonderful and I definitely enjoy my mashed potatoes a little bit chunky :)

  16. Nikki

    You can roast the garlic, then squeeze the softened cloves out, mash them up with butter (and whatever seasonings you like), then roll it up in plastic wrap and freeze it, or keep it in the fridge for use on toast, meat, anything really. It’s like having your own garlic butter, ready whenever you want it!

  17. kari

    this recipe looks great!! i only have heavy whipping cream in my fridge right now..do you think that would still work well or would it be too much?