Creamy garlic mashed potatoes are a quick and easy dish that goes perfectly with any entree!

Use garlic mashed potatoes as the foundation for a variety of casseroles and main dish toppers!

Real butter and heavy cream with a liberal dose of garlic give this recipe its fancy steakhouse flavor in only 3 steps. Make a double batch and use the leftovers for all kinds of tasty side dishes and appetizers that call for mashed potatoes.

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Easy Creamy Side Dish!

  • Every home cook needs a classic mashed potato recipe that is their ‘go-to’ year-round and that goes with everything. Easy ingredients and simple steps make this recipe a keeper!
  • Nothing says comfort food like a big serving of creamy garlic mashed potatoes! This homemade recipe makes restaurant-quality mashed potatoes that are rich and creamy using just a few basic ingredients.
  • Make ahead and chill until ready to reheat! Or keep them warm in a Crockpot and let everyone help themselves.
  • Served with an everyday pot roast, pork loin or a holiday ham, garlic mashed potatoes are the perfect side!
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Simple Ingredients

POTATOES: Russet potatoes are the preferred potato for this recipe because they’re extra starchy, and Idaho potatoes are the next best choice. Both Russets and Idado potatoes should be peeled but if using Yukon or red potatoes, the skins can be left on, if desired. Sweet potatoes can also be used in this recipe!

DAIRY: Heavy cream and butter are what make garlic mashed potatoes so rich and creamy. A few ounces of sour cream or cream cheese will make them extra creamy.

Mashed Potato Variations

Try any one of these flavor combinations to match the protein, or just to switch it up!

Parmesan: Make these into garlic parmesan mashed potatoes by adding in some finely grated parmesan.

Herbs: Fresh parsley, chives, dill, thyme, or sage or thyme adds light, fresh flavor to mashed potatoes.

Caramelized Onions: These can be made while the potatoes are boiling. Simply saute sliced onions in butter until they are dark brown and fragrant.

Horseradish: For hearty dishes like steak or roast beef, a generous scoop of horseradish is a delicious addition!

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How to Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Boil potatoes with minced garlic until tender. Drain and let the potatoes rest.
  2. Return potatoes to the pot and add butter and cream.
  3. Mash the potatoes until smooth, adding extra cream as needed.
  4. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • Cut potatoes into even-sized cubes so they cook at the same rate.
  • Heat the cream and butter together before adding them to the potatoes for the best consistency.

Got Leftovers?

Keep leftover creamy garlic mashed potatoes in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat them on the stovetop or in the microwave. Freeze mashed potatoes in zippered bags for up to a year and thaw them from frozen in the microwave. Use leftovers in mushroom hamburger steak and gravy, or in a turkey pot pie, or in a hearty potato soup.

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Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Make this easy creamy garlic mashed potatoes recipe for a classic savory side that is hearty and delicious!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly


  • 4 pounds Russet Potatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¼ cup heavy cream warmed, more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • teaspoon pepper or to taste


  • Peel and dice potatoes into 1" cubes. Place in a large pot with garlic and fill with water until potatoes are covered. Bring to a boil, and cook for 12-15 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Drain potatoes and garlic into a strainer, return to pot and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Add butter and cream to potatoes and mash with a hand masher until smooth. Add additional cream as needed. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 963mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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