This Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe is my favorite way to eat mashed potatoes. Everyone loves mash when they're done well. There's nothing worse than lumpy, tasteless mashed potatoes. Actually, I think everyone loves a good potato side dish recipe. Scalloped Potatoes, Savory Sweet Potato Mash, Russian Potato Salad, Chinese Roasted Potatoes, Duck Fat Potatoes, the flavors and potato recipes are endless!
How to Make it Garlicky
Being Russian, we love our garlic and I love the garlicky flavor boost. Using raw garlic really packs a punch. This is the best way to add the garlic you crave! You could add roasted garlic for a more subtle garlic flavor, but this recipe isn't subtle! The other way to have a milder garlic taste is to throw the peeled garlic cloves when boiling the potatoes. They cook together and get mashed together. However, fresh raw garlic is the best and easiest for me!
How to Make Creamy Potatoes
This also is not a low fat dish, so don't stress about the ingredients, it tastes amazing. There are a few different ways that people add creaminess to mashed potatoes. Obviously it usually includes dairy. Fat conscious people might add low fat milk, others like the tang that buttermilk brings. However, whipping cream is thicker than milk, has a higher fat content, which adds the perfect amount of creaminess to your potatoes.
Finally, the butter adds to the rich creaminess that will make your potatoes stand out. The butter must be softened at room temperature, so it easily melts in the potatoes. I love it even more when drenched with sour cream or gravy.
How to Make Fluffy Potatoes
The usually way to make mashed potatoes is with a potato masher. Of course that works well, but isn't the best way to make your potatoes ultra creamy. You want to use an electric hand mixer or a KitchenAid mixer to make them super fluffy. It adds the perfect amount of air into the potato, cream and butter mixture. You won't believe how creamy and fluffy this flavor combination is!
What Potatoes are Best for Mashed Potatoes
Not all potatoes are equal! There are many different types of potatoes, and they all mash different. You want to use a high starch potato for the best outcome. Different countries have different potato varieties.
Here in Australia, I use a Royal Blue Potato, which I call them a my purple potatoes. I find that these have great flavor amongst the Australian Potatoes. The other Aussie favorite is Dutch Creams, which also are buttery, and rich in flavor.
In the USA, most common potatoes are Russet Potatoes and Yukon Gold. Russet Potatoes are light and fluffy, and Yukon Gold are creamy, buttery and provide a dense consistency.
In the UK, floury potatoes such as Maris Piper potatoes, King Edward potatoes or Desiree potatoes are popular. I've use Desiree potatoes before, and they come up smooth and velvety.
However, any potato can be mashed so don't sweat the small stuff. If you follow this recipe, you will have the best, creamiest mashed potatoes that everyone will love.
Can You Make This Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe Ahead of Time?
When making a large meal like Christmas or Thanksgiving, you can make the Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes in advance, and keep it in a slow cooker on low to stay warm. It's a time saver which allows you to prepare ahead, ready to serve when you're ready to eat. When warmed in a slow cooker, it will lose it's fluffiness due to the constant heat, but is such a time saver! There is usually so much to do when preparing a huge meal, so I'm thankful for anything that makes my life easier!
This classic garlic mashed potato recipes is so creamy and fluffy. Absolutely a family favourite dinner side, perfect for Thanksgiving for Christmas or everyday! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe (Video)
- 2 lbs /1kg potatoes
- ½ cup whipping cream
- ½ cup butter
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- salt and pepper
- parsley or chives as garnish optional
- Peel the potatoes and place in a large pot. Potatoes should be roughly the same size, to ensure even cooking. Fill pot with enough water to cover potatoes and cook the potatoes for about 20 minutes, or until they are tender but not falling apart.
- Drain the potatoes well and place into a mixing bowl. Using a mixer, starting slowly at first, whip the potatoes while gradually increasing speed. Slowly drizzling in the whipping cream and add the minced garlic. Add the softened butter and continue beating the potatoes until they are 'whipped' and fluffy.
- Add salt and black pepper to taste, and garnish with chopped parsley or chives.