Looking for a delicious side dish that’s perfect with almost any meal? Creamy roasted garlic mashed potatoes are the perfect choice!

This side dish needs just a handful of ingredients, including potatoes and lots of garlic. It’s all mashed together with butter and cream for the perfect mashed potatoes.

With just a few simple steps, you can make the creamiest, yummiest garlic mashed potatoes ever. Get ready to meet your new favorite side!

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Ingredients for Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • Potatoes: Use Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes for the best taste. Leave the skin on some of the potatoes for a more rustic dish.
  • Dairy: Heavy cream and butter are the secret ingredients for the creamiest mashed potatoes. You can also add sour cream or softened cream cheese for extra creaminess.
  • Roasted Garlic: Roasted garlic is the perfect addition to this recipe. It has a sweet, mild flavor that pairs well with potatoes.

Short on Time?

Roasted garlic takes about 45 minutes or so. This can be done in large batches ahead of time. Freeze the garlic and use cloves right from frozen in any dish.

If you don’t have time to roast garlic, slice 10-12 cloves of garlic and add them to the water when boiling the potatoes. Drain and mash them with the potatoes.

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How to Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Roast the garlic per the recipe below (or slice the garlic if boiling with the potatoes).
  2. Boil prepared potatoes in cold water until they are fork-tender. Drain well.
  3. Return potatoes to the pot and mash them with warmed cream, melted butter, and roasted garlic. Season with salt & pepper and serve.

Leftover Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Reheat them in the microwave or on the stove. They’re also great to top a shepherd’s pie or to use as a topping to a turkey pot pie.

You can freeze mashed potatoes for up to a year. They retain their quality as long as they have lots of nice fat in them (butter and cream).

To Freeze leftovers, place them in freezer bags, squeeze out the air, and store them flat. No need to thaw them first to reheat them. Use the microwave on a medium setting or heat up in the oven.

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Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted garlic is the secret to turning these ordinary spuds into a sensational dish worthy of seconds…or thirds! 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds potatoes russet or Yukon gold
  • 1 cup heavy cream more as needed
  • cup salted butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • chives and/or parsley for garnish optional


Roasted Garlic (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Slice off the top of the garlic head and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Wrap the garlic head in foil and roast in the oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are golden brown and very soft. Remove the golden cloves from the skin.


  • Peel and cube the potatoes, then place them in a large pot of cold salted water. If you're not using roasted garlic, add 10-12 cloves of raw sliced garlic to the water.
  • Boil the potatoes and garlic, uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until they are fork-tender. Drain well.
  • Heat the cream and butter until the butter is melted and the mixture is warm.
  • Mash the potatoes and roasted garlic using a potato masher until smooth.
  • Add the cream mixture a little bit at a time while mashing to reach the desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.


*To Use Fresh Garlic in Place of Roasting: If you are short on time, 8-10 raw garlic cloves can be boiled along with the potatoes in place of roasting.
Heat the cream/butter before adding to the potatoes for the best consistency.
If using russet or Idaho potatoes, they should be peeled. Yukon gold or red potatoes can be peeled but the skins are thin so you can skip the peeling if you’d like.
For a chunkier garlic potato, mash half of the roasted garlic into the potatoes. Chop and stir in the remaining garlic before serving. 
For extra creaminess, add sour cream or softened cream cheese to the mashed potatoes.
To save time, you can roast the garlic up to 5 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 386 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 985mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 898IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 7mg

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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  1. This is the same recipe my grandmother prepared. Coming from a second generation Italian family, garlic was the norm in every recipient.
    One difference. Her hand down recipe used a 1/2 brick of cream cheese folded into the potatoes. That and chives. To this day when I prepare it, I get raves from my guests. It is over the top, and pretty fattening besides.5 stars

    1. Hi Donna! You can find it in the title bar on the right hand side right beside the jump to recipe button. I hope this helps!

  2. I’ve made somewhat similar but this way. This a new one for me try and I’m going to make this!
    Thank you very much
    Canada5 stars

  3. OH MY!! I will never make mashed potatoes again without this recipe. The roasted garlic absolutely makes this recipe. I followed it EXACTLY and these are the BEST mashed potatoes EVER!!!5 stars