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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are always my favorite part of a meal. Doesn’t matter which meal, the potatoes are the main event, and the rest is just there to accent them. Even if you are not such a huge mashed potato fan, these are going to be perfect next to anything you can come up with, even for the biggest holiday meal.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes is one of those things where  you would think it would be really hard to screw up, but in reality?

I’ve had a LOT of bad mashed potatoes in my life.

  • Too gummy
  • Under-salted
  • Too dry
  • Pasty
  • Too garlicky
  • WAY too garlicky
  • Way too baby-food like (smooth)

The list goes on and on. Most of the time people don’t put too much thought into how to do their mashed potatoes, and I’m on a mission this year to remedy that.

This recipe for extra creamy roasted garlic mashed potatoes is hands down the BEST mashed potato recipe I have ever had. It is amazingly creamy without resembling baby food.

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Follow these simple instructions, and never have a mashed potato fail again!

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Salt
  • Potatoes
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Heavy cream
  • Roasted garlic

Try with our Smoked Confit Garlic!

What are the best potatoes to use for mashed potatoes?

It all starts with the potatoes. I know people usually buy russets for mashed potatoes because they are cheaper and it is widely thought they make the “best” mashed potatoes, but I disagree.

I love a good russet for a baked potato, but for mashed potatoes I really like reds. They are smoother, creamier, and don’t seem to absorb as much water as russets do.

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How to make Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Prep and peel

Peel your red potatoes, cut them into large chunks, and get a big pot of water on to boil.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Salt that water

The next key to extra awesome mashed potatoes is to not skip the salt in that cooking water. And lots of it. Add in a few tablespoons to the cooking water, and don’t be shy about it. 

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes



Once the potatoes are fork tender, drain well, and add them right back into the pan.

You need to slowly cook that excess water out of them.

Do that by putting the potatoes in the pan right back onto your stove over low heat, and getting rid of that water. It only takes a couple of minutes, and be sure to watch that your burner isn’t too hot from the boiling. Give them a few stirs, and you’re set.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes



Toss in the softened cream cheese, butter, roasted garlic, and half n half, and mash with a potato masher.

OWYD TIP – NEVER use a mixer on your potatoes.

That is the very best way to get gummy pastey potatoes. A regular old-fashioned potato masher is all you need, and just keep mashing and mixing until they are the consistency that you like.


Taste and serve

Now taste the potatoes, and gradually add some salt until they are seasoned well. Tastes vary, so be mindful if you are a salt fiend like I am.

Try this Cake Mix Pumpkin Cobbler for dessert!

What are the best recipes to serve with these mashed potatoes?

This Chicken Fricassee from the Gourmet Bon Vivant would be perfect with this dish! A hearty chicken stew with a white wine, mushroom, and cream sauce, I would love that sauce all over these potatoes.

Our Marry Me Chicken would be another great, saucy chicken option to serve with a pile of mashed potatoes!

Yield: 6

Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These mashed potatoes are perfect for anything you want to pair them with. Extra creamy, and my personal favorites!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 pounds potatoes, peeled
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/4-1/2 cup half and half
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Boil potatoes in well-salted water until fork tender.
  2. Drain well, and return to pan.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes over low heat, stirring frequently.
  4. Add in cream cheese, butter, half and half, and roasted garlic.
  5. Mash with a potato masher until all ingredients are combined and potatoes are your preferred consistency.
  6. Salt to taste.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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