Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins

Our garlic mashed potatoes recipe is a much-loved and versatile dish. It goes from weeknight dinner to the Thanksgiving table seamlessly. Be sure to use russet potatoes and a whole head of garlic. The garlic cooks along with the potatoes and is mellowed by the addition of butter and milk when the potatoes are mashed.


  • 8 medium russet potatoes (about 4 pounds)

  • 1 head peeled garlic cloves (about 15)

  • Coarse salt

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • ½ 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.

    garlic mashed potatoes
    Mikkel Vang

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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