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Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These garlic mashed potatoes are creamy, comforting, and easy to make. Restaurant-style mashed potatoes are totally doable in your own kitchen!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword garlic mashed potatoes recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 315kcal


  • 3 pounds Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes peeled
  • 3/4 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste


  • Peel the potatoes (or leave some/all of them unpeeled if you prefer, just make sure to scrub them well) and cut them into thirds. Add them to a salted pot of water and boil until a sharp knife easily pierces them.
  • Meanwhile, while the potatoes are boiling, add the cream, butter, garlic, and salt & pepper to a small saucepan over low heat. I let it slowly warm through (and the garlic slightly cooks). The garlic flavor nicely infuses the cream so the potatoes are more evenly flavored.
  • Drain the potatoes thoroughly and leave them in the pot. Slowly pour in the cream mixture and mash the potatoes using a hand-held potato masher. Mash until the cream has been absorbed and you've got a nice, smooth mash. Don't over-mash or they may end up gluey.
  • Serve potatoes with extra butter (if desired). I also sometimes like to sprinkle some chopped parsley and/or chives over top (optional).


  • Serves 6-8 depending on portion size.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 683IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg