Simple Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a fairly quick and simple version of garlic mashed potatoes. It goes well with just about any kind of meat or poultry, as well as many other meals. If you want to make this vegan or fleishig, reserve some of the cooking liquid to use in place of milk, and replace the butter with margarine.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 large red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into uniform quarters
  • 4 -5 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in halves
  • butter
  • hot milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place potatoes and garlic into a large saucepan full of cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium, and boil for about 10-12 minutes. Check potatoes for doneness by poking a few wedges with a fork or skewer--if still firm, cook another minute or two and check again. Repeat until tender. Drain, taking care not to lose garlic cloves. Return potatoes to warm pot.
  2. Mash potatoes. Do not overwork, or potatoes will be tough (it's okay if there's a few lumps--it just means these are real potatoes, not from a box). Make sure to smash up the garlic, or pull out the cloves and squeeze in a garlic press.
  3. Add some butter, to taste (I usually use 2-3 T), and salt and pepper, also to taste. Mix until butter has melted.
  4. Add a little hot milk and beat it into the potatoes. Continue until potatoes are desired creaminess (the amount I use varies, but I usually use between 1/4 and 1/2 cup, give or take a bit).
  5. Cover pot with foil to keep warm until ready to serve. Potatoes will stay hot for 10-15 minutes this way.
  6. Serve with a pat of butter in an indentation on top.


Most Helpful

Awesome recipe! I've been making mashed potatoes like this for many years, and have one little suggestion. After draining the potatoes and returning them to the warm pan, let them rest to allow any extra moisture to steam off. Allowing them to dry out a bit first, makes for fluffier mashed potatoes later ; )

JaneyBloop February 13, 2016

Very good. I actually roasted the garlic (and a small amount of shallots) in a saute pan, and then added butter to the mixture. Then, I strained the butter into the mashed potatoes. Not exactly following the recipe, but still so glad I found this recipe!

chriskerr21485 December 25, 2014

The best! I've done about every variation...roasting the garlic, sauteeing the stuff; even grilling it in foil on the BBQ. This is hands down the best--and so easy. Just subtle enough (depending on how many cloves you use (I do one fat clove per potato). I love them crushed/mashed...not whipped to meringue. My 8 guests raved and begged for the recipe. Used organic unpeeled red potatoes, butter, 1/2 and 1/2, and regular garlic. A KEEPER of a recipe.

janisphelps May 24, 2012

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