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Garlic Mashed Potatoes


This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.

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  • Servings: 8

Photography: Mikkel Vang

Source: Everyday Food, November 2004


  • 8 medium russet potatoes (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 head peeled garlic cloves (about 15)
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces


  1. Peel potatoes and quarter lengthwise; cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick. In a 5-quart saucepan, combine potatoes and garlic cloves; cover with water (about 8 cups) by 1 inch. Add 1 tablespoon salt.

  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Drain; return garlic and potatoes to pan. Stir over medium-high heat until dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. In a small saucepan, bring milk to a boil; pour over potatoes. Add butter and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mash until smooth and creamy.

Cook's Notes

To make ahead (up to two hours), complete garlic mashed potatoes recipe, then top with a thin layer of milk. Cover; set aside in a warm place. Stir to combine when ready to serve garlic mashed potatoes.

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