Instant Garlic Mashed Potatoes

"Want garlic mashed potatoes but don't have any real potatoes on hand? Use this simple recipe instead."
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Ready In:


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 12 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 34 cup milk
  • 2 cups instant potato flakes


  • Boil water in a medium saucepan.
  • Meanwhile, mix potato flakes and garlic salt.
  • Add boiling water to potato flakes.
  • Stir in milk and margarine.
  • (NOTES: Adjust measurements except for garlic salt according to box directions. I like to use Idaho Spuds brand.).

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  1. bmcnichol
    These were good and easy to make. I followed the recipe as written other then I didn't have garlic salt so followed Karen's lead and used garlic powder and salt (2:1). This was a nice, different way to enjoy potatoes.
  2. Karen=^..^=
    Very easy recipe that everyone loved. I doubled the recipe and used your measurements even though my package of Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes had different measurements. Came out perfect! The only thing I changed was to use garlic powder and regular salt (2:1 ratio) instead of garlic salt, as I don't keep that on hand. I sprinkled some dried chives on top before serving, plus a little extra butter. Thanks!
  3. Andi Longmeadow Farm
    Followed this exactly except halved this every easily. The only small change in my case, I used 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, mixed with 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt. Also had butter, but let's be clear here. This is good, so good in fact, I had to add a splurge of butter and fresh turkey gravy to the top along with some fresh chives. The taste was absolutely terrific, and oh so easy! Thank you so much Ransomed! Made for *Everyday is a Holiday* Fall 2008.
  4. internetnut
    I'm not rating this recipe. I first want to say I changed the recipe a bit. I didn't have garlic salt but garlic powder. I ended up adding salt to the potatoes. I forgot the margarine. So on that note I plan to make this recipe again the right way. Thanks for posting christine (internetnut)
  5. AE E.
    I rarely ever use instant mashed potatoes (or "potato flakes", to avoid unwanted additives), so a simple recipe to get the ratios right is key. This one worked great! TIP: stick to 1 1/2 Tsp; we love garlic and I went with 2 was almost overwhelming. Lol. VEGAN: My family is lactose-intolerant, used #CashewMilk & #EarthBalance butter - dandy! GARNISH: chopped parsley, looks nice and sets off the garlic flavor well.


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