Mashed Potatoes with Garlic, Basil and Chives

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

I found this gem in a cookbook called Festive Recipes for the Holidays. Gave it some personal tweaks. Like more garlic. Can one have too much garlic? I don't think so! (Unless you're a vampire!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel potatoes and chop into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Peel garlic cloves, and halve them if they are very large.
  3. Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water, salt lightly and bring to a boil.
  4. Add potatoes and garlic to the water and cook, until potatoes are fork-tender, about 20-25 minutes, then drain.
  5. Place potatoes in a bowl, and add butter.
  6. Mash potatoes and garlic, and add basil, chives, and enough milk to achieve a creamy but not runny texture.
  7. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve.


Most Helpful

My fussy son actually chose this for dinner last night and was very pleased with himself! It's a lovely mashed spud recipe, the basil is so good, and it's garlicky, but subtley garlicky!

JustJanS October 29, 2002

I made this a few weeks ago, and while it is yummy, it sounds like it has more flavor than it does. I expected a burst of flavor, but it is just good mashed potatoes! I will make again, b/c it helps me use the basil from my garden, but it isn't super spectacular.

Mrs. Beckman June 03, 2010

I thought the basil overpowered the garlic flavor. Next time I will leave out the basil.

kristinfagerberg January 13, 2010

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