Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

November 22, 2010 By: Serena

Happy Thanksgiving week!  Yes, I like to extend this holiday of thanks to a 7 glorious days of gluttony.  In honor of the holiday, I will be posting three of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes for your mouthwatering pleasure.  These recipes are simple, yummilicious, and are bound to impress your family members, who will think you spent hours toiling away in your tiny apartment kitchen (oh wait, that’s just me).  I hope some of these dishes will end up on your table this Thursday!

I start this recipe week with the basic mashed potato.  Simple,  un-pretentious and incorporating a whole head of garlic.  Whaaa? Yeah, you heard me right. Think you can handle it? Then keep reading…

You will need:

1 head of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
2.5 lbs potatoes (reds or Yukons work great), scrubbed
0.5 cup cream
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Chives (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place peeled cloves from garlic head onto foil, drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Roast in preheated oven for 35 minutes.

2.  (I prefer skins-on, but if you like skinless mashed potatoes, you’ll want to peel them before this step).  Boil large pot of salted water.  Add potatoes to boiling water and cook until tender, approximately 22 minutes (more for larger potatoes).

3. When tender, drain potatoes.  Return potatoes to pot and add cream. Mash until combined.

4. Add cream cheese, garlic powder, and roasted garlic and continue mashing till well-incorporated.

5. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chives, if desired.

Sure, you might need some Altoids after this, but I think it’s worth it, don’t you?

What are your favorite mashed potato add-ins?

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16 Comments to “Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes”


  1. PartyPlannerGal says:

    Yum, just in time for Thanksgiving. My brother would love this dish. I'm forwarding it to my mom so she can make it for him :)

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  2. love roasted garlic! sometimes I just add a bit of salt to it and eat it right out of the foil. yowzas! this potato mash looks delish!!

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  3. lavenderpug says:

    ooh, i love the roasted garlic! and i never thought of cream cheese. this looks delicious!

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  4. I make something really similar to this, but add in feta cheese. Try it sometime!! so yum.

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  5. Mrs. Hot Cocoa says:

    Cream cheese is the secret to Pioneer Woman's creamy mashed potatoes too. I can't wait to make these for thanksgiving. But I might have to diet for a few days first.

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  6. San Jose Love says:

    mm that looks yummmy.

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  7. Try Anything Once Terri says:

    Can I say that whenever I make mashed potatoes they never come out well. Maybe I need to try your recipe.

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  8. mintedlife says:

    OMG, that looks amazing!! Love the roasted garlic!

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  9. I'm a skins-on kind of gal. The roasted garlic sounds yummy in this! Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing. :)

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  10. THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE says:

    Looks delicious! I wish I would have had it when I cooked for J's family yesterday. I just made ordinary old mashed which were good but probably not as great as these :)

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  11. Oh wow, that cream cheese, haha.
    The boy's absolutely favorite thing in the world is mashed potatoes, and I tried to make it once but they were only…eh.
    I'll have to try these out and see how he likes it! Thanks!

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  12. First of all, that's a fantastic photograph of mashed potatoes. And that's not easy to do.

    Secondly, I would like to eat those now, please.

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  13. honey my heart says:

    mmm, yum. any recipe that involves cream cheese is one i love :)

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  14. Medifast Coupons says:

    Well thanksgiving is over, but I am thinking I need to make these potatoes and I am thinking tonight, look so good.

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  15. Dinetonite says:

    Cheesy potatoes! Sound wonderful! I may have to try this!

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  16. Yummers. Those look awesomeness.

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