Garlic mashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods. They’re such a great comfort food and they are pretty much the perfect side dish to any meal. These ones are particularly creamy and have just the right amount of garlic in them.
You’ll need to boil your potatoes first. You can either come from the school of boiling them whole or cubing them first. If I’m honest, I do it either way depending on my mood. If you boil them first and let them cool a bit, cubing them up is so easy. They pretty much fall apart once they’re tender. If boiling and peeling potatoes isn’t your thing, there are also pre-peeled and cubed potatoes in the frozen section at the grocery. You just pop the bag in the microwave for 11 minutes, and you have perfectly tender potatoes. They’re not quite as good as doing it the homemade way, but I’ve used them on weeknights plenty of times when I’m just not in the mood to make a mess in the kitchen!
Once you’ve got that part finished, you can move on to the rest of the recipe:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 4 cups boiled potatoes, cubed
- ¾ cup half and half
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 clove of garlic, pressed or finely minced
Heat butter and garlic in pan over low heat until butter is completely melted.
Add half and half and warm, but do not boil (3-4 minutes).
Pour mixture over boiled potatoes and mash with potato masher or fork.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve!
If garlic isn’t your thing or you just really love potatoes, you can also try my creamed potatoes. It’s a family recipe handed down from my great grandmother in Germany. They are every bit as delicious!