garlic herb mashed potatoes

Garlic & Herb Mashed Potatoes

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that mashed potatoes are the greatest of all Thanksgiving foods. It’s not up for debate. They are the BEST! I mean what’s not to love. They’re creamy, carb-y, salty, savory, buttery, and luscious. And these Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are all of those things, plus extra flavorful. Serve these at your Thanksgiving and everyone will be swooning over these amazing mashed potatoes!

Ingredients for Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes don’t take a ton of ingredients, thankfully, but you do want to make sure that you’re using the right ingredients!

  • golden potatoes: the secret to amazing mashed potatoes– make sure to use golden potatoes if you want creamy and buttery-tasting mashed potatoes; russet or other kinds of potatoes won’t be as creamy and delicious!
  • butter: use salted or unsalted, whatever you prefer!
  • minced garlic: you can use fresh or jarred garlic, but don’t use garlic powder (unless that’s all you have)
  • dried rosemary: adds a delicious herby flavor!
  • salt: make sure that you taste your potatoes before you serve them– there’s nothing worse than an underseasoned potato!
  • pepper: I call for 1-2 teaspoons, so use more or less depending on your taste preference.
  • dried thyme: that classic Thanksgiving flavor that you’re looking for
  • milk: to thin out the potatoes if they get too thick

How to Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Making mashed potatoes isn’t hard, you just need to make sure that you plan accordingly. These potatoes are best served right away, so plan to make these just before you sit down to eat. Plan on a little extra time if your spuds take longer to cook, but don’t make them hours and hours before dinner.

First, bring a large pot of water to boil. While you’re waiting for your water to heat up, peel and cut your potatoes into chunks. They don’t need to be super small.

Once the water is boiling, add them to the pot and boil until they are fork tender. This should take about 15 minutes but could take longer depending on the size of your potato chunks.

Strain the potatoes and set them aside. In the pot you boiled the water in, add the butter, garlic, and seasonings and cook until the butter in melted and the garlic is fragrant.

Then, add the potatoes back into the pot and mash them with a potato masher (this is a great one). Stir them up so the butter and seasonings are all distributed. Taste and season accordingly. Serve immediately, with or without gravy. They are delicious and flavorful either way!

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Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: Dinner, SidesCuisine: American, ThanksgivingDifficulty: Easy


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Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are creamy, salty, savory, buttery, and luscious. Everyone will be swooning over these amazing mashed potatoes!


  • 4 lbs 4 golden potatoes

  • 6 tbsp 6 butter

  • 1 tbsp 1 minced garlic

  • 2 tsp 2 dried rosemary

  • 3 tsp 3 salt

  • 1-2 tsp 1-2 pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 dried thyme

  • 1 cup 1 milk + more if needed


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into large chunks. Place the potatoes in the water and boil until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Strain the potatoes and set them aside.
  • Place the pot the potatoes were cooked in back on the stove over medium heat and melt the butter down, then stir in the garlic and seasonings. Let cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the potatoes back into the pot and mash them with a potato masher. Stir them to combine with the garlic butter and seasonings. Serve immediately.

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  1. My family really enjoyed these mashed potatoes. The flavour is definitely boosted by cooking the seasonings in the butter before adding the potatoes. Thanks Julia!

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