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Perfect Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes are a staple for any Holiday meal, I mean I honestly can’t think of a single time we didn’t have some variation of them over the years at our table. These ones are super creamy and loaded with garlic, making them a winner in our home. I leave the skins on too, which gives them a little bit of texture and color so they aren’t just a giant pile of white fluff on the plate. I have a couple of tips to keep your potatoes nice and fluffy, rather than a starchy mess, and ensures you have a perfect bowl every time.

BEST Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are loaded with garlic and are perfectly creamy, the perfect side dish to any meal.
Course Dinner, Holiday Meals, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Comfort Food
Keyword Mashed Potatoes, Potato Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Melissa


  • 10 large Russet Potatoes
  • 7 Garlic Cloves
  • 2/3 c Cream
  • 1/2 c Butter
  • Fresh Parsley for garnish
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper


  • Thoroughly wash potatoes and cut into even sized cubes (about 2 inches). We prefer to leave the skin on for texture but you can peel if you wish.
  • Peel and roughly chop your garlic (you can do more if you like a lot of garlic!).
  • Add potatoes and garlic to a large pot filled with water, bring to a boil and allow to cook at a medium rolling boil for about 15 minutes (until a fork goes through the potatoes easily).
  • Meanwhile, add cream and butter to a small pot and bring to a light simmer.
  • Begin mashing potatoes and slowly add in the simmered milk/butter mixture. Season with salt and pepper and top with fresh chopped parsley.
tips and tricks for the perfect mashed potatoes
  • Be sure to cut your potatoes evenly so they are all approximately the same size, this is essential for even cooking times.
  • Simmer your cream and butter before adding to the potatoes, this will keep the temperature consistent and allow the potatoes to become creamier.
  • Before your drain the potatoes be sure to reserve a mug of starchy water, you may need this to add while mashing if they are not quite creamy enough.
  • Do not OVER mash your potatoes, this will keep them from becoming starchy.
  • Place a small dish of butter on the table, that way those who like their potatoes super buttery have it to add.

Now you have all the makings of your Perfect Thanksgiving Meal!! Your Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Cinnamon Glazed Carrots perfectly compliment your Mashed Potatoes and will leave your guests with full tummies.

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