Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Photo: Mike Krautter
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Using a ricer yields mashed potatoes with an especially light, fluffy texture. Alternatively potatoes can be mashed with a potato masher or fork. Extra-virgin olive oil makes these potatoes smooth and rich.


  • 3 large russet potatoes (about 1 ½ pounds)

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

  • 1 small sprig rosemary

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Peel potatoes and quarter lengthwise; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Add potatoes to a medium saucepan; cover with water by 1 inch.

  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 12 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, heat oil, garlic, and rosemary in a small skillet. Turning a few times, until garlic sizzles, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool 10 minutes. Discard garlic and rosemary.

  4. Drain potatoes, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Pass through a ricer or a food mill; return to pot. Stir in 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid. Add more cooking liquid if necessary to create a smooth and creamy texture. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with pepper and drizzle remaining oil over potatoes.

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