Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Part 1: Preparation


Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are the epitome of comfort food. These velvety, buttery potatoes with a hint of roasted garlic are the perfect side dish for almost any meal. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the steps to make the creamiest, most flavorful mashed potatoes you’ve ever tasted. So, let’s get started on creating this irresistible dish that’s sure to become a family favorite.


For the Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2 pounds (about 4-5 large) russet potatoes
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives or parsley for garnish (optional)

Potato Preparation:

Before we dive into making these creamy mashed potatoes, let’s start with preparing the potatoes.

  1. Peel and Dice the Potatoes: Begin by peeling the potatoes using a vegetable peeler. Once peeled, cut them into evenly sized chunks, about 1 to 2 inches in size. This ensures that they cook evenly.
  2. Rinse the Potatoes: Place the diced potatoes in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. This step helps remove excess starch, resulting in a creamier texture.
  3. Prepare the Garlic: Peel and finely chop or mince 4-6 cloves of garlic, depending on your preference for garlic flavor. If you love a strong garlic taste, use more cloves; for a milder flavor, use fewer.

Boiling the Potatoes:

Now, let’s move on to cooking the potatoes and garlic.

  1. Boil the Potatoes: In a large pot, add the diced potatoes and minced garlic. Cover them with cold water, ensuring the water level is about 1-2 inches above the potatoes. Add a generous pinch of salt to the water.
  2. Boil Until Tender: Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes for approximately 15-20 minutes or until they are fork-tender. You should be able to easily pierce the potatoes with a fork without resistance.
  3. Drain the Potatoes: Once the potatoes are tender, drain them thoroughly in a colander.

Optional Tip: Steaming Method

Alternatively, you can steam the potatoes and garlic to preserve more of their flavor and nutrients. Use a steamer basket and steam for about 20-25 minutes until they are tender.

Conclusion of Part 1:

With your potatoes peeled, diced, and cooked to perfection, you’re ready to move on to the next steps of creating creamy garlic mashed potatoes. In Part 2, we’ll explore how to combine the ingredients to achieve that perfect creamy texture and delightful garlic flavour.

Part 2: Creamy Mashing and Mixing


In this part of the recipe, we’ll transform those perfectly cooked potatoes and garlic into irresistibly creamy garlic mashed potatoes. With the addition of butter, cream, and seasonings, these mashed potatoes will be a delightful accompaniment to any meal.


For Creamy Mashing:

  • Cooked potatoes and garlic (from Part 1)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Creamy Mashing:

  1. Warm the Cream and Butter: In a small saucepan over low heat, warm 1 cup of heavy cream and 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter until the butter has fully melted. Keep this mixture warm but not boiling; it will be added to the potatoes shortly.
  2. Mash the Potatoes: Place the drained cooked potatoes and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Using a potato masher, begin mashing the potatoes and garlic. The goal is to break them down into smaller pieces.
  3. Add Cream and Butter: Gradually pour the warm cream and butter mixture over the mashed potatoes and garlic. This step is crucial for achieving creamy and velvety mashed potatoes.
  4. Mix and Mash: Continue mashing and mixing the potatoes while incorporating the cream and butter. You can use a hand mixer or a potato ricer for an even smoother texture. Add more cream if needed for desired consistency. Keep mixing until the potatoes are completely smooth and free of lumps.
  5. Season to Taste: Season the mashed potatoes with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Be sure to taste as you go, as the amount of seasoning required may vary depending on your preference and the saltiness of the butter.

Optional Variations:

  • For extra richness, you can add grated Parmesan cheese to the mashed potatoes and mix until it’s fully melted and incorporated.
  • If you prefer a lighter version, you can substitute some or all of the heavy cream with chicken or vegetable broth.

Conclusion of Part 2:

With your perfectly cooked potatoes transformed into a creamy and flavorful mash, you’re now ready to enjoy delicious homemade Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes. In Part 3, we’ll discuss serving suggestions, garnishes, and ways to customize this classic side dish to complement your meal.

Part 3: Serving and Customization


In this final part of the recipe, we’ll discuss how to serve your Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes and offer suggestions for customizing this classic side dish to suit your taste preferences.


For Serving and Customization:

  • Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes (prepared in Part 2)
  • Fresh chives or parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Additional butter for melting (optional)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Roasted garlic cloves (for extra garlic flavor, optional)

Serving and Customization:

  1. Garnish: Just before serving, garnish your Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes with freshly chopped chives or parsley for a burst of color and freshness. A drizzle of melted butter over the top can also add extra richness and shine.
  2. Additional Flavorings: For those who can’t get enough garlic flavor, consider adding roasted garlic cloves to the mashed potatoes. Roasted garlic has a mild and sweet flavor that blends beautifully with the creamy potatoes.
  3. Cheese Lover’s Twist: If you adore cheese, stir in some grated Parmesan cheese to the mashed potatoes while they’re still warm. The cheese will melt and create a savory, cheesy twist to the dish.
  4. Customize to Your Taste: Feel free to customize your mashed potatoes further to suit your preferences. You can adjust the thickness by adding more cream or butter for creamier potatoes or more potatoes for a thicker consistency. Don’t hesitate to experiment with additional seasonings, such as a pinch of nutmeg or a dash of cayenne pepper, to give your mashed potatoes a unique twist.

Serving Suggestions:

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a versatile side dish that pairs well with a wide range of main courses. Here are some serving suggestions:

  • Classic Pairing: Serve alongside roasted chicken, grilled steak, or pan-seared salmon for a classic and comforting meal.
  • Holiday Feast: These mashed potatoes are a must-have for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, complementing turkey, ham, or roast beef perfectly.
  • Vegetarian Delight: Pair with sautéed vegetables and a mushroom gravy for a satisfying vegetarian meal.
  • Weeknight Comfort: Enjoy them as a comforting side dish with your favorite weeknight dinners.


If you have leftover Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove with a splash of cream or milk to restore their creaminess.


Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a timeless comfort food that brings warmth and satisfaction to any meal. Whether served as part of a holiday feast or a simple weeknight dinner, they are a crowd-pleaser that never goes out of style. With these tips and customization options, you can make them truly your own.

Enjoy your homemade Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes!

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