Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Thursday, March 5, 2020
These delicious Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes can be the easiest side dish on your holiday or weeknight meals!

There are two methods I have to make these whipped creamy potatoes.

Garlic in mashed potatoes bring a wonderful addition of flavor to you spuds, with just a little will enhance them to a gourmet potato flavor.

These creamy potatoes are going to be your family's favorite way to enjoy them especially served with your favorite Mom's Homemade Gravy.

The potatoes have butter, milk and whipped cream cheese in them instead of just plain ole potatoes we've adapted these to a fluffy potato delight everyone always wants the recipe for.

Roasting garlic is super simple with these instructions and adds a robust perfect flavor to this side dish.

Check out my other Best Potato Recipes and Side Dish Recipes for all my potato lovers out there.

Just scroll down to the printable recipe card to get started on making the best garlic mashed potatoes ever!

these are potatoes whipped in a bowl made with roasted garlic

these are boiled whipped potatoes in a white bowl

Mashed Potato Recipe

This recipe is just a guideline on how to make roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

Additions can be added, more or fewer ingredients.

Potato recipes are easy and adaptable on cooking methods explained below.

Double the number of potatoes according to family size this was based on a family of 4.

Start out with the small amounts of ingredients and garlic (too much garlic will overpower the taste of the potatoes, it's your preference).

Taste as you go, this is so important in cooking, if you don't taste your own food, you won't know more or less what to add.

My recommendation on potatoes is always using russet for the best results, but you can use whatever kind you like.

this is a photo of a garlic head getting ready to be roasted on foil with olive oil

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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  • medium head garlic
  • olive oil
  • russet potatoes adjust amounts to family size
  • butter
  • milk
  • whipped cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: fresh basil, parsley, crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar

these are russet potatoes in a potato bin

Cooking Methods

  1. Stovetop
  2. Microwave and mash potatoes using the same ingredients
  3. Pressure Cooker to the instruction guide
  4. Slow Cooker as in the printable recipe card below

these are russet potatoes boiling in water

Tools You Will Need:

  • Saucepan
  • Slow Cooker if using this method
  • An electric beater, ricer or a potato mashing tool
  • potato peeler
  • aluminum foil for roasting garlic
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Sharp paring knife

these are herb topped roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Tips and Suggestions:

  • Always add more milk if the potatoes are too thick and not to your preference
  • More spices can be added to taste
  • Cayenne pepper will give these a little heat
  • Add bacon crumbled
  • Add shredded cheddar cheese to the potatoes
  • For herb add 1 tablespoon each fresh chopped basil and parsley
  • Boil the potatoes whole first then cool and peel to remove the peeling the cubing step
  • You can also use another type of potato IE Yukon gold, creamy white potatoes, red potatoes and if you would like to substitute cauliflower, this recipe works also
  • This recipe can be doubled to family size add more or less to taste for ingredients with the addition of more potatoes

these are roasted garlic mashed potatoes drizzled with melted butter

Easy Side Dish

Whatever way you choose to cook these potatoes these roasted garlic mashed potatoes are a delicious side dish with any meats your making.

Great for any holidays, potluck or cookouts in the summertime too!

Everyone loves the flavors and these fluffy spuds will be a new addition to your menu!

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 10
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 2 Mtotal time: 17 M
This recipe is a whipped mashed potato with lots of butter, cream cheese and roasted garlic. The perfect flavors to serve as a side dish with any meats your cooking up!


  • 1 medium head garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon whipped cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: fresh basil, parsley, crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar
  • You, Will, Need Aluminum Foil for roasting garlic


How to cook Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drizzle the garlic head with olive oil, then wrap in aluminum foil.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.
  4. Note: Either you can peel and cube potatoes, leave the skins on and cube them or boil the potatoes whole, cool, peel and continue to the mashing process.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  6. Add potatoes, and cook until tender, about 25 to 35  minutes.
  7. Drain, if left whole you will need to smash them down a little first before using the mixer.
  8. Stir in butter, cream cheese, milk, salt, and pepper.
  9. Remove the garlic from the oven, and cut in half.
  10. Squeeze the softened cloves into the potatoes.
  11. Blend potatoes with an electric mixer until desired consistency is achieved.
  12. Note: slow cooker method: The slow cooker is perfect for busy cooks or holiday time!
  13.  Just cut up your potatoes after peeling very small them and put them in a slow cooker with a small amount of liquid around 1  1/2 cups milk to 5 pounds of potatoes.
  14. Add all the rest of the seasonings except garlic and you will need 2 additional cups of milk that will go in later plus 1 stick of melted butter and 4 tablespoons whipped cream cheese.
  15. Slow cook them on high for around 4 to 5 hours.
  16. If they don't seem soft enough cook them longer.
  17. Use the same pot to mash them in ( I use the old fashioned masher by hand. Add the additional milk, cream cheese and butter as stated above.
  18. Mashed until desired consistency, stir in the smashed roasted garlic and keep on warm.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2020.