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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Holiday, Make-Ahead, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Author Melissa


  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 sticks butter, plus extra for topping potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed
  • 5 pounds russet potatoes peeled and diced into 2 inch chunks
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat cream, milk, two sticks of butter and garlic together to a slight simmer. Remove from heat and let garlic flavor the liquid. Discard whole pieces of garlic after 15 minutes. 

  2. While garlic is steeping, add diced potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, then let simmer over medium heat until potatoes are fork tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain potatoes well.  

  3. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until smooth, then stir in butter and cream mixture. Season with additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Transfer hot potatoes to oven safe baking dish.

  4. Use a spoon to swirl mashed potatoes, then brush with additional melted butter and place under broiler for 5 minutes or until well browned. Watch potatoes closely. 

Recipe Notes

To make ahead, refrigerate potatoes for for up to 2 days after swirling, then heat in microwave until hot. Proceed to brush with melted butter and broil.