This Creamy Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes is velvety, buttery potatoes infused with the rich aroma of garlic. It’s a simple, hearty dish that brings joy to your taste buds and warmth to your soul.
Why I Love This Recipe
These creamy homemade garlic mashed potatoes hold a special place in my heart because they embody the essence of comfort food.
They transport me back to cherished family gatherings and cozy dinners.
The simplicity of this recipe is a testament to how everyday ingredients can create something truly magical.
Plus, the subtle yet distinct garlic flavor is like a warm hug for your taste buds.
Best of all, they’re a breeze to whip up, making them a go-to comfort food that I can enjoy whenever the craving strikes.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
▪️ Creamy Goodness: These mashed potatoes are velvety and rich, thanks to the addition of cream and butter.
▪️ Garlic Infusion: The garlic flavor is just right—strong enough to taste but not overpowering.
▪️ Quick and Easy: This recipe won’t keep you tied up in the kitchen for hours. Simple and straightforward.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
▪️ 4 large russet potatoes (2 pounds) – They provide a starchy, fluffy texture ideal for mashed potatoes.
▪️ 4 cloves garlic (adjust to taste) – Adds a delightful garlic flavor to the dish.
▪️ 1/2 cup heavy cream – Makes the mashed potatoes luxuriously creamy.
▪️ 4 tablespoons unsalted butter – Adds richness and a buttery taste.
▪️ Salt and pepper to taste – Enhances the overall flavor.
▪️ Chopped fresh chives for garnish (optional) – Adds a touch of freshness and color to your dish.
Making Of Garlic Mashed Potatoes
STEP 1: First, peel and dice your potatoes. Pop ’em in a saucepan, cover them with water, and add a pinch of salt. Bring it to a boil, then let it simmer until those potato chunks are soft and tender. About 15-20 minutes should do the trick.
STEP 2: While those potatoes are getting cozy in the water, we’ll create some garlic butter magic. Heat up your butter and minced garlic in a small pan. Let it hang out there for about 5 minutes on low heat, and your kitchen will smell like a culinary dream.
STEP 3: Drain your potatoes like a pro and put them back in the saucepan. Get out your trusty potato masher and give ’em a good mash until they’re smooth and lump-free.
STEP 4: Pour in that aromatic garlic butter, heavy cream, a pinch of salt, and some pepper. Mix it all up until your potatoes turn into creamy perfection. Don’t forget to taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.
STEP 5: Your creamy garlic mashed potatoes are ready to shine! Serve them up while they’re piping hot. You can even sprinkle some chopped chives on top if you want to get fancy.
Tips and Techniques
▪️ When you’re mashing the potatoes, don’t go crazy. Overwashing can make them goopy. So, mash them just until they’re smooth.
▪️ Before adding it to the potatoes, warm up the heavy cream a bit. It helps the spuds get creamier.
▪️ As you mix in the garlic, butter, salt, and pepper, taste your potatoes. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so make sure they’re just right for you.
▪️ Like a mild garlic taste? Use less garlic. Want it to kick? Add more. It’s all about your garlic preference.
This recipe makes enough creamy garlic mashed potatoes to satisfy 4 to 6 hungry folks. So, whether it’s a family dinner or a small gathering, you’ve got everyone covered!
▪️ These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are perfect alongside roast chicken or grilled steak.
▪️ They also make a great side for holiday dinners, paired with turkey and gravy.
▪️ For a vegetarian option, serve them with sautéed mushrooms and a green salad.
▪️ Add a handful of grated Parmesan cheese for a gooey, cheesy flavor.
▪️ Mix in some finely chopped fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme. It’ll add a lovely, fragrant twist.
▪️ Use red potatoes instead of russet for a slightly different texture and a hint of sweetness.
▪️ Top your garlic mashed potatoes with crispy bacon bits, cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream for a loaded treat.
To store your creamy homemade garlic mashed potatoes, simply place leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding extra cream if needed for creaminess. For longer storage, freeze them in a freezer-safe container for about 2-3 months, and thaw them in the fridge before reheating. These easy tips will ensure your mashed potatoes stay delicious even after storing them.
Q. Can I use milk instead of heavy cream?
Yes, you can use milk for a lighter version, but heavy cream provides the creamiest result.
Q. Can I make these ahead of time?
Absolutely! Just reheat them on the stove or in the microwave, adding a splash of cream if needed to restore creaminess.
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 4 (about 2 pounds) large russet potatoes peeled and diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced (adjust to taste)
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh chives for garnish optional
- Place diced potatoes in a saucepan, cover with cold water, add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until fork-tender.
- In a separate saucepan, heat minced garlic and butter over low heat for 5 minutes to infuse the butter.
- Drain the cooked potatoes and mash them until smooth.
- Pour in the garlic-infused butter, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Mix until creamy. Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Serve hot, garnished with chopped chives if desired.
- Avoid overmixing the potatoes to prevent a gluey texture.
- Warm the cream before adding it for a smoother consistency.
- Adjust garlic to taste preferences; some prefer a milder flavor.