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Our Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This is the best mashed potatoes recipe, hands down! Here’s how to make creamy, perfectly seasoned potatoes that everyone will…

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This is the best mashed potatoes recipe, hands down! Here’s how to make creamy, perfectly seasoned potatoes that everyone will love.

Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

“Best mashed potatoes recipe” is a bold claim, but we stand behind it. These really are the best mashed potatoes! They’re swirled with fresh garlic sauteed in butter, milk, and a little sour cream, then mashed into fluffy oblivion. For the creamiest texture you can whip them with a stand mixer. Take them over the top with our secret ingredient to make everyone around the table go mad over them. (We’ve tried it, and it works!)

Best type of potatoes for mashed potatoes

There are several controversies when it comes to the best mashed potatoes, and the first is about the type of potatoes. What’s the best type of potatoes for mashed potatoes? We think it’s a combination.

  • Yukon gold potatoes have a buttery texture and rich flavor. The yellow flesh of a Yukon gold potato is more robust than a russet potato, and the buttery flavor and texture carry the dish. We like to use ¾ Yukon gold potatoes in our best mashed potatoes.
  • Russet potatoes are starchy and add the classic fluffy texture. Use ¼ russet potatoes in the potato mixture, or up to half the recipe.
  • Use peeled or unpeeled potatoes: your choice! We love the look and texture of potato skins in our potatoes, but sometimes we like a smooth mashed potato. You can do either here! The benefit of unpeeled is it’s less work and you keep the nutritional value of the potato skin.
Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Tips for the best mashed potatoes

There are lots of variations in method when it comes to mashed potatoes. Some people use a stand mixer, some use a potato masher. Some chefs use garlic, some heat the dairy before adding it to the mixture. Here’s what we’ve found makes the very best mashed potatoes:

  • Cut the potatoes into even 1-inch chunks. If you cut some smaller than others, the potatoes don’t cook evenly. You run the risk of small uncooked lumps in your mash (it’s happened to us!).
  • Boil the potatoes until they are very tender. You don’t want to go overboard, but make sure they fall right apart when you prick them with a fork.
  • Sauté fresh garlic in butter, then add the milk. Allow the potatoes to steam while you saute the garlic. It will make the kitchen smell amazing and is the essential flavoring for these potatoes. Remove the heat and add the milk, which warms the milk before mashing (which is important for the texture).
  • Add the potatoes, sour cream and salt and mash with a masher. Use a simple potato masher to mash everything into the very best mashed potatoes.

Keep reading for two tips to step them up!

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How to make smooth creamy mashed potatoes

How to make the best creamy mashed potatoes? Use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment to whip them until they’re beautifully fluffy and smooth!

First, mash the potatoes with garlic, butter, and sour cream by hand to get all the ingredients combined (if you prefer, use the paddle attachment on the stand mixer for that part). Then transfer the mixture to the mixer and mix on low speed with the whisk attachment. It makes the best smooth, creamy texture! One caveat: make sure not to over-whip or the texture can become too thick and gluey.

Variation: garlic mashed potatoes

Love garlic? As garlic afficionados, there’s never such thing as too much garlic in our house! To transform these best mashed potatoes into garlic mashed potatoes, increase the garlic from 4 cloves to 6 cloves for a noticeable garlic flavor. (You can go up to 8 cloves if you like a bold garlic flavor, but we can’t guarantee there won’t be complaints about garlic breath.)

Secret ingredient: prepared horseradish

This best mashed potatoes recipe tastes great with simply garlic, butter, sour cream, and salt. But want to take it even further? Add prepared horseradish.

We learned this trick from a friend, who brought these incredible mashed potatoes to a Friendsgiving once. They had this irresistible savory, tangy, creamy flavor and no one could guess the secret ingredient. Turns out prepared horseradish takes mashed potatoes from good to irresistible without infusing spicy flavor. The quantity specified in the recipe below is enough to taste it but not identify it as horseradish.

It’s not necessary to add this ingredient, but try it if you like! You can also make horseradish mashed potatoes and increase the amount so it infuses the signature spicy flavor.

Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

A note on serving size

This mashed potatoes recipe uses 4 pounds of potatoes, which is enough for about 8 servings. If desired you can make a half recipe for 4 servings, but we find that the half batch feels small when feeding a family. We prefer making the full 4 pounds and having leftovers (see below).

Storage for leftover mashed potatoes

Our best mashed potatoes last for up to 4 days refrigerated in a sealed container. They taste great rewarmed. We do not recommend freezing mashed potatoes, since it causes the texture to become very runny.

The best thing to do with leftover mashed potatoes? Make Potato Pancakes or Potato Waffles! They have incredible flavor and you can serve them either savory or sweet. We’ve eaten them for breakfast or as a side for salmon for dinner and they taste great both ways!

Mashed potato pancakes

Dietary notes

As written, this mashed potato recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan and plant-based, do the following:

  • Replace the butter with vegan butter.
  • Use oat milk, or the dairy-free milk of your choice.
  • Omit the sour cream, and add additional milk until smooth and creamy.

More potato recipes

We hope you’ll agree that this is the best mashed potatoes recipe! Let us know if you make it in the comments below and what you think, whether it’s for a holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas or an everyday dinner. Here are a few more potato recipes you’ll love:

This best mashed potatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan and dairy-free, see the Dietary Notes section above.

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Mashed Potatoes

Our Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This is the best mashed potatoes recipe, hands down! Here’s how to make creamy, perfectly seasoned potatoes that everyone will love.


Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes (4 large)
  • 1 pound russet potatoes (1 large; or more Yukon gold potatoes)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced (or 6 cloves for garlic mashed potatoes)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for boiling
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish
  • Variation: 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish (in a jar)*

Instructions

  1. Wash and roughly chop the potatoes into even 1-inch chunks (peel or leave them unpeeled if you don’t mind the texture of skins). Try to make the chunks as even as possible.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with 1 inch of cold water. Stir in 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, cook until they are very tender, about 10 to 15 minutes (pierce a piece of potato with a fork to assess doneness). Drain and allow to steam while sautéing the garlic in Step 4.
  4. When the potatoes are done, melt the butter in the same pot. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant but not browned. Remove the heat and pour in the milk, stir for 15 seconds to warm the milk. Then add the potatoes back to the pot.
  5. Mash the potatoes with a masher. Add the sour cream and 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt and mash more until a creamy texture forms. (If using prepared horseradish, mash it in as well.)
  6. Optional: For the creamiest mashed potatoes, transfer to a stand mixer. Add the whisk attachment and whip on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes, until fluffy (take care not to over whip or the potatoes will become too thick and gluey).
  7. Serve immediately garnished with chopped fresh chives, if desired. Leftovers store up to 4 days refrigerated (or make them into potato pancakes or potato waffles!).

Notes

*Adding prepared horseradish is a secret ingredient that makes mashed potatoes taste incredible; using the quantity specified is enough to make them taste complex but not spicy. Feel free to add more if desired or omit.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes recipe, best mashed potatoes, best mashed potatoes recipe

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This roasted garlic mashed potatoes recipe is full of so much flavor, no one will be able to stop shoveling in bites of this creamy puree! There are mashed potatoes, and then there are Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. These creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes are scented with the sweet aromatic flavor of roasted garlic. It’s milder and more luxurious than the typical pungent bite of the raw stuff. Mix it together with creamy Yukon gold potatoes and a bit of Parmesan cheese, and it’s truly something magical. This one went over so well in our house, we’re not just saving it for holidays like Thanksgiving. Make this garlic mashed potatoes recipe any time of the year for a truly stellar side dish (your family with thank you). Don’t want to roast garlic? Use our alternative method below. The best potatoes for garlic mashed potatoes? Does the type of potato matter in a garlic mashed potato recipe? Yes! The preference here is Yukon gold potatoes, also labeled as yellow potatoes. Why? It all comes down to the texture. Here’s why to opt for Yukon gold: Russet potatoes can taste quite bland and flat. Russet potatoes have a fluffy texture but it can be a […]

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This roasted garlic mashed potatoes recipe is full of so much flavor, no one will be able to stop shoveling in bites of this creamy puree!

Garlic mashed potatoes

There are mashed potatoes, and then there are Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. These creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes are scented with the sweet aromatic flavor of roasted garlic. It’s milder and more luxurious than the typical pungent bite of the raw stuff. Mix it together with creamy Yukon gold potatoes and a bit of Parmesan cheese, and it’s truly something magical. This one went over so well in our house, we’re not just saving it for holidays like Thanksgiving. Make this garlic mashed potatoes recipe any time of the year for a truly stellar side dish (your family with thank you).

Don’t want to roast garlic? Use our alternative method below.

The best potatoes for garlic mashed potatoes?

Does the type of potato matter in a garlic mashed potato recipe? Yes! The preference here is Yukon gold potatoes, also labeled as yellow potatoes. Why? It all comes down to the texture. Here’s why to opt for Yukon gold:

  • Russet potatoes can taste quite bland and flat. Russet potatoes have a fluffy texture but it can be a little mealy. The overall flavor is also a little bland.
  • Yukon gold potatoes have a buttery texture and rich flavor! The yellow flesh of a Yukon gold potato is more robust, and the buttery flavor and texture are the perfect fit with roasted garlic.
Garlic mashed potatoes recipe

Peel the potatoes, or go chunky with skins!

Here’s the thing: Alex and I love a chunky mashed potato recipe. I’ve never been one for that completely smooth, fluffy puree. To me, that’s boring! If you want to go completely silky smooth, you can peel the potatoes here. But want to really make them interesting? Leave on the potato skins. That’s right, you know like restaurant mashed potatoes that have loads of garlic and potato skins? It makes them even more delicious: and much of the nutrients in potatoes are in the skins.

Roast the garlic in advance

There’s one long lead time item in this garlic mashed potatoes recipe: roasting the garlic! It’s very easy to roast garlic, it just takes 1 hour to complete. The good part is: it’s easy to make in advance. Simply roast the garlic and then refrigerate until you make the potatoes. And the kicker? Roasting garlic makes your kitchen smell incredible. You can thank us later. Here are the basic steps for how to roast garlic:

  • Roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The high heat caramelizes it until it’s golden, but it’s not so high that it burns it.
  • Slice of the tops of the cloves, then wrap in foil. You’ll slice off the tops so you can easily pop out the garlic once it’s roasted. Wrap it up in foil and throw it in the oven.
  • Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour. It’s done when it’s perfectly tender when pierced with a sharp knife!
Roasted garlic

Alternative method: use fresh garlic!

Don’t want to spend all the time roasting garlic? OK, we get it. It does take quite a bit of time! The garlic flavor you get from roasted garlic is very mellow: not in your face garlic like a pile of garlicky pasta. For fresh garlic mashed potatoes, here’s what to do instead:

  • Mince 4 cloves garlic.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant but not browned.
  • Add the garlic to the potatoes, along with the milk!

It’s that simple! This variation on the garlic mashed potatoes recipe is definitely more pungent: it has more of an Italian-style vibe than the roasted garlic. We use this trick in our mashed red potatoes with garlic and it works like a charm.

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Ways to serve garlic mashed potatoes

This roasted garlic mashed potatoes recipe is perfect with a little butter on top! But of course it’s even better with a little gravy, or the optional Parmesan cheese stirred in. Here are some options we’d recommend:

mashed potatoes

This garlic mashed potatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, go to Vegan Mashed Potatoes.

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Garlic mashed potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This roasted garlic mashed potatoes recipe is full of so much flavor, no one will be able to stop shoveling in bites of this creamy puree! 


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 heads roasted garlic (alternative method below*)
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes (aka yellow potatoes)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk (or 2%)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for boiling
  • Fresh chives, for garnish

Instructions

  1. If you haven’t already, roast the garlic. You can do this day of (it takes 1 hour) or in advance and refrigerate it.
  2. Roughly chop the potatoes into 2-inch chunks. You can peel them if you’d like, or skip peeling if you like skin-on mashed potatoes like we do!
  3. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with 1 inch of cold water. Stir in 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes (pierce a piece of potato with a fork to assess doneness). Drain and return the potatoes to the pot. 
  5. Meanwhile, remove the roasted garlic from the cloves by squeezing the bottoms to pop them out. Mash the roasted garlic with your fingers. Then combine the roasted garlic, whole milk and butter in a small saucepan a cook for a few minutes on low heat until warm. Stir until garlic is incorporated and it forms a thick mixture.
  6. Add the milk and garlic mixture to the pot with the potatoes, along with with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plenty of fresh ground pepper, and the Parmesan cheese (if using). Mash with a potato masher until the desired texture is reached. Add additional milk if necessary. Taste and add a pinch more salt if desired. 

Notes

*Don’t have time to roast garlic? Here’s an alternative with fresh garlic: Mince 4 garlic cloves. Melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add the garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant but not browned. Then add this garlic to the mashed potatoes along with the milk.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Garlic mashed potatoes, roasted garlic mashed potatoes

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There are so many tasty recipes with potatoes, outside of the traditional mash! Here are a few other ideas:

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Mini Turkey Meatloaves with Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.

This turkey meatloaf is sponsored by Shady Brook Farms Turkey. I’ve finally found a turkey meatloaf worth raving about!  It’s here. The best turkey meatloaf – made mini! – because let’s be real, everything mini is better! Serve it with some roasted garlic cauliflower mash and you’ve got some lightened-up comfort food right in your kitchen.  […]

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This turkey meatloaf is sponsored by Shady Brook Farms Turkey.

I’ve finally found a turkey meatloaf worth raving about! 

Mini turkey meatloaf in a skillet is the best weeknight dinner idea! Serve with roasted garlic cauliflower mash and your favorite green veggie on the side.

It’s here. The best turkey meatloaf – made mini! – because let’s be real, everything mini is better! Serve it with some roasted garlic cauliflower mash and you’ve got some lightened-up comfort food right in your kitchen. 

turkey meatloaf ingredients

Today I’m taking a classic favorite and putting a little modern twist on it. You know that’s my favorite thing to do! 

And I’m partnering with Shady Brook Farms again to share a delish recipe with their 93% lean ground turkey – that we love! Their turkey is the best. So flavorful and satisfying. And what I also love is that Shady Brook Farms turkeys are raised by independent family farmers who raise their turkeys with care so you know you’re feeding your family a wholesome meal. Doesn’t get better than that. 

roasted garlic

I’ve been trying to perfect meatloaf for close to ten years. It’s true. Maybe even longer, because Eddie has always loved it. I can say for sure that I’ve never made a fabulous version until now.

And here’s why.

It’s the size! It’s all about the size.

Mini turkey meatloaf in a skillet is the best weeknight dinner idea! Serve with roasted garlic cauliflower mash and your favorite green veggie on the side.

There have been so many times that I’ve been turned off by meatloaf because, well… it’s literally a LOAF of meat. That does not sound appetizing to me in the least. Meatloaf has made many appearances in my annual recipe disasters post because it always comes out like an absolute brick.

Sorry, I would not like a brick for dinner.

Mini turkey meatloaf in a skillet is the best weeknight dinner idea! Serve with roasted garlic cauliflower mash and your favorite green veggie on the side.

And the thing is that my mom made a GREAT meatloaf when I was growing up! SO good. It’s been a really long time since she’s made it, but I loved it. I still love it! It was flavorful and moist and delicious. However, I’m pretty sure it was one of those recipes that she made by touch and feel – she didn’t have a written recipe, but just knew how much of everything to add. 

I’ll have to ask her about it. Because she definitely tried to explain to me how to make it a few times on the phone when I was first married, but I was rewarded with a brick of meat. So I failed.

Mini turkey meatloaf in a skillet is the best weeknight dinner idea! Serve with roasted garlic cauliflower mash and your favorite green veggie on the side.

But now! 

Now I have the mini meatloaf recipe to save all meatloaf recipes. These are basically like meatloaf meatballs if you think about it. Perfectly sized and excellent for a crowd too. The Shady Brook Farms ground turkey is so flavorful and it works so well to build meatloaves that don’t come out like a brick. I’ve been using turkey for our meatballs for years, so it only makes sense that I use it for meatloaf too. Eddie would also prefer ground turkey over beef, so here we are!

The leftovers taste great. The meatloaves can be made ahead of time. There is really no way to lose here. It’s a win-win.

What’s even better is the cauliflower mash we serve with the turkey meatloaf. Golden, caramely garlic cloves (that you can 100% make ahead of time) are pureed into softened cauliflower. It’s like one giant flavor cloud of cauliflower. You will freak! 

Mini turkey meatloaf in a skillet is the best weeknight dinner idea! Serve with roasted garlic cauliflower mash and your favorite green veggie on the side.

I love to throw a green veggie on the side. Something like a roasted Brussels sprout, maybe an almond green bean – something that really gives you that complete comfort food feel. But in this case, our comfort food is pretty darn good for us. 

It’s the perfect winter meal!

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Mini Turkey Meatloaf

Mini Turkey Meatloaves with Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Mini turkey meatloaf in a skillet is the best weeknight dinner idea! Serve with roasted garlic cauliflower mash and your favorite green veggie on the side.

turkey meatloaf

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • ½ cup fresh chopped parsley, (plus more for topping)
  • 1 pound Shady Brook Farms 93% Ground Turkey
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, (lightly beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup or BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 2 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

roasted garlic cauliflower mash

  • 2 heads garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons butter, (melted)
  • 1/4 cup cooking liquid from the cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Start by roasting the garlic first. Slice the tops off the garlic heads and drizzle them with olive oil. Wrap the heads in foil and stick them in the oven for 40 minutes or so while you make everything else!
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Stir in the onions and garlic, cooking until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh parsley. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  3. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, milk, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, basil, parsley, garlic and pepper. Use your hands to bring the mixture together, until just combined and the ingredients are evenly distributed. Form the mixture into mini meatloaves about 1 inch in thickness and 2 inches in length.
  4. Heat the same skillet back over medium heat and add another tablespoon of olive oil. Add the meatloaves in the skillet and brown on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  5. Stir together the ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar in a bowl. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons on top of each meatloaf. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the center of the meatloaves reach 165 degrees F. When finished, sprinkle with fresh parsley.
  6. While the meatloaves are in the oven, make your cauliflower mash. Cut the head of cauliflower into florets. Place it in a large pot or saucepan and cover it with water, just about an inch past the top of the cauliflower. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes or so. Drain the cauliflower, reserving about 1/4 cup of the liquid.
  7. Add the cauliflower to a food processor and blend until pureed. Stream in the cooking liquid and the melted butter, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. By this time, the garlic cloves should be roasted. Squeeze them from the paper into the cauliflower puree. Puree again to combine. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Serve the meatloaves and cauliflower mash with a veggie of your choice! I love a green bean or Brussels sprout. Enjoy!

Mini turkey meatloaf in a skillet is the best weeknight dinner idea! Serve with roasted garlic cauliflower mash and your favorite green veggie on the side.

Who knew this would be my dream meal.

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