Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes


So I’ve made these potatoes probably 6 times in the last 2 months (no joke) so it’s probably a recipe that needs to be shared, right? Oh my, oh my are this potatoes good! Good luck stopping at one serving. If you are like me and love garlic you will be swooning over these Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. My mom is the kind of cook that made roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy every single Sunday as I was growing up, and believe it or not she likes these better than the potatoes she’s been making for 40+ years!

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These are really easy to make the thing that I wish could go faster is the time it takes to roast the garlic, but if you start the potatoes about halfway through the garlic roasting it won’t seem like it takes all that long. You can even roast them a few hours early then just rewarm them before adding to the potatoes (it will add a nice smell to your fridge :)). And if you are head over heels in love with garlic feel free to roast an extra head of garlic so you top your serving with a few extra cloves.



As a note, these are intended to be slightly lumpy which is why no beater or potato ricer is is used and they are simply mashed by hand and stirred with a spoon. With that said just be sure you cook the potatoes through until they are soft. A fork should glide right through them when they are done and some will even fall apart. Since they are lumpy you don’t want stiff lumps. Gross. Lumpy, textural potatoes are a good thing here as long as those little lumps are soft. Then another note, I don’t recommend serving these with chives. I know a lot of potato recipes can benefit from some chives but here it will just compete with that incredible roasted garlic flavor so leave them off. And lastly, this isn’t intended to be a healthy recipe, we all need to splurge a little sometimes so don’t hesitate to add a some extra butter over the top. MMMMM buttery, garlicky, extra delicious mashed potatoes. My kind of comfort food!

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

5 from 3 votes

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 2 medium garlic heads
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 lbs unpeeled red potatoes , diced into quarters (or sixths if larger)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk (anything but skim)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter , diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, plus more for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley , for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut garlic heads about 1/2-inch from the top to expose cloves. Transfer garlic heads to a sheet of foil, drizzle 1 tsp oil over each head, wrap foil tightly around garlic so it's fully covered. Roast in preheated oven until lightly golden and cloves are soft, about 40 - 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool (cook potatoes while they cool) then press and pinch cloves out of peels into a small bowl. Mash cloves with a fork and set aside.
  2. Place potatoes in a large enameled cast iron pot and add enough cold water to cover potatoes, sprinkle in 1 Tbsp salt. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover with lid, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to boil until potatoes are very tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Near the end of potatoes cooking, measure out milk in a liquid measuring cup, add cream and butter. Heat in microwave until hot, about 45 - 60 seconds. Drain potatoes then return to pot and mash with a potato masher (they should have some lumps in them). Add hot milk mixture and mashed roasted garlic, and stir with a spoon while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with more butter and garnish with parsley if desired.
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  • Greg: Found my new go to recipe for mashed potatoes! Only I recommend making extra garlic since I eat about a bulb before it even goes into the mix! Awesome! January 27, 2018 at 7:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Greg! January 30, 2018 at 1:14pm Reply

  • Desri: Absolutely delicious! December 26, 2017 at 11:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it! January 2, 2018 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Annie: Tired this for the first time for thanksgiving and my friends and family went back many times first time making potato’s from scratch not a box huge hit going to do it again for Christmas yummy December 24, 2017 at 6:15pm Reply

  • Emily: Have you made these ahead of time and reheated? Thanks! November 21, 2017 at 1:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: In my experience I’ve found mashed potatoes never reheat well unless they are fried :). They just thicken up a lot and don’t taste quite the same – but pioneer woman shows a method for it in her mashed potato recipe and I haven’t yet tried doing it in the oven and I’m sure this would be better than the microwave method – (she mentions it there about 2 paragraphs above her recipe). November 21, 2017 at 10:56pm Reply

  • Sandy R-L: Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I love the mild flavor and creamy texture of the roasted garlic. However, I always use peeled potatoes. I’m thinking about adding shredded cheddar the next time. ;-) November 19, 2017 at 11:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Ooh sounds good! November 20, 2017 at 11:11am Reply

  • pz: You did not answer one question I’m very interested in. Can these be made ahead of time & reheated, or made in the AM, put in a cassarole dish & reheated November 18, 2017 at 10:34am Reply

  • Kristy: I made this tonight. It was my first go at roasting garlic. Everything turned out but the flavor was almost that of seafood…? Help! Any ideas on what I did wrong or does large amounts garlic usually have that taste? November 9, 2017 at 5:36pm Reply

  • Grace Matherne: Hi can I roast the garlic day before I make this dish Thank you Gracie October 24, 2017 at 1:39pm Reply

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