Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

The roasted garlic variation will work well. Roasting really mellows the garlic flavour so use more if you are a garlic lover. For a really intense garlic flavour use raw garlic pushed through a garlic press. The flavour will be very different; use only one or two fat cloves. Unless you like gluey potatoes, don't use a food processor or electric mixer. I would leave out the nutmeg and use the buttermilk with the garlic variation. I particularly like the roasted garlic or celeriac variation as a topping for Shepherd's or Cottage Pie.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel and quarter potatoes and place in large pot with just enough cold water to cover and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Over high heat, bring to a boil; lower heat to medium low and cook, covered, until very tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Drain. Mash potatoes, working out all the lumps.
  3. Add butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and milk. Whip with a fork until smooth.
  4. Add nutmeg to taste, if using, and a little more hot milk, if necessary. Serve immediately or keep warm over a pan of hot water.
  5. VARIATIONS All quantities are for the basic Mashed Potatoes (recipe above):.
  6. HERBED: Add sprigs of fresh herbs, bay leaf or celery tops to the water while boiling potatoes, if desired add 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley, thyme or oregano, or a combination of fresh herbs, while mashing.
  7. ITALIAN: Substitute herbed olive oil for butter and use hot chicken broth instead of milk.
  8. PESTO: Omit butter; add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and 1 to 2 tablespoon basil pesto or sundried tomato pesto.
  9. ROASTED GARLIC: Brush 6 to 10 unpeeled cloves garlic with olive oil and roast at 3250F for 30 minutes. When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic out of skins and add to the potatoes while mashing. Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, if desired.
  10. ROOT VEGETABLE: Use only 4 potatoes and add one of the following: 4 medium parsnips, peeled and diced; 2 white turnips, of equal size to the potatoes, peeled and diced; or 1 medium celery root, peeled and diced. Cook with potatoes. Add an extra pinch of nutmeg.
Most Helpful

Really nice recipe and very quick to make once the potatoes are boiled. I substituted the milk with a rice "milk" and the butter with an olive oil version of "butter" to make a dairy-free version. Really fab!!

Chef's Meow October 06, 2007

These were very tasty until I added the raw garlic (I wasn't able to toast garlic since the oven was being used at a high temp). I added 2 cloves and it was just too much for the 6 potatoes I used. Next time I"ll just keep the garlic out and they will be fantastic.

earthmama77 March 26, 2009

Made the roasted garlic version, added some fresh herbs, and served with filet mignon (Filet Mignon). They were a perfect combination! Can't wait to try the other variations!

whitneyinnz December 25, 2008