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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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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