Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These Garlic Mashed Potatoes made with roasted garlic and Yukon Gold potatoes are amazing in every way. These extra creamy, garlic mashed potatoes are simply the BEST!

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6


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


1 Roast the garlic: 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 at 400°F 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 Boil the potatoes: 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.

4 Mash potatoes with garlic, cream, butter: 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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  • Doug

    Made these for Christmas dinner with prime rib roast. Perfect! Great recipe. Enjoy!


  • Demitra

    So good!! Will definitely be keeping this recipe :)


  • Michelle

    Hi Elise–I’d like to make these in advance. How do you recommend I go about doing that? Thanks so much for your help!

  • Trina

    Wow LOVE that idea – I am new to this site and see that your comment is from 5 years ago – I hope you and your friend have brought that idea to reality!

  • Elaine

    If I do more garlic and add butter to it how long can I keep it in the refrigerator before it goes bad? Thanks for your help

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Elaine, in my refrigerator most food usually lasts 5 days.

  • kari

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

    • Elise Bauer

      I think heavy whipping cream is the only cream I ever use, so yes, it will work.

  • 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!

  • Lee

    How do you squeeze the garlic? With your hands or do you use a machine or device for this.

    With your hands. It’s easy! ~Elise

  • Cooking with Thas

    I usually just add a pinch of garlic paste to my mashed potatoes. This idea to use fresh garlic is simply great!

  • 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

  • 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!).

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • CJ McD

    Great tip on roasting several heads, mashing, flattening and freezing.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • annie

    Try a few drops of lemon in it as well.
    This is a traditional Greek dish and goes great with fish