Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

If there is one thing you should know about my vegetable choices, it’s that I love potatoes. I’m not a huge veggie eater. I’d much rather sit down with a bowl of fruit or a platter of bacon. One extreme to the other, yes I know, but they’re both so good. However, when it comes to potatoes I’ll eat them in almost any form. Fried, baked, mashed, grilled – they’re all equally tasty.

Some days I question if our oldest is really mine. Of course I know she is, but this child will not eat mashed potatoes! It baffles me. Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? It’s a sin, right? Her younger sister is definitely mine, she loves mashed potatoes and will eat them by the handful… okay that’s because she’s not using utensils on her own yet but you get the point.

I have a love for mashed potatoes but I also have an utter hatred for lumps in them. I try to wrangle my way into mashed potato duty when possible so I can be sure I won’t be surprised with an awful lump when I dig in later. Some people love lumps, if you want them – make your own potatoes. Mine will never have lumps. I have this handy gadget that takes care of that issue for me. If you asked me to choose one specialty gadget item that I currently own to keep and toss everything else, it’d be my Oxo potato ricer. I love it. I’ll never part with it. If you want lump free potatoes, get one – thank me later.

If you’re looking for a fun option for leftovers try this.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

An easy recipe for homemade from scratch creamy garlic mashed potatoes. A perfect addition to any meal!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potatoes
Servings: 3


  • 3 C potatoes roughly 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp garlic freshly minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp pepper
  • 3-5 Tbsp butter
  • milk


  • Prepare potatoes by peeling and cutting into 1 1/2 inch chunks. Place in an empty saucepan appropriate for the amount of potatoes you will be cooking. Prepare garlic by removing skin and mincing 1 tablespoon worth. Add garlic to potatoes. Add water to pan so it is just covering the potatoes. Cook on medium heat for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and easily stabbed with a fork or knife.
  • Drain potatoes in a strainer. For lump free potatoes, take your potato ricer, open it and fill cup with potatoes and garlic. Press and repeat. This step may be skipped if you prefer some lumps or don't own a potato ricer.
  • Add 3 tbsp butter, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and a splash of milk. Mix well with a hand mixer. Taste. Add more butter and pepper as needed. More butter is always okay. Pop in the microwave to reheat as needed. Serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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9 Responses to “Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes”

  1. #
    Monica — February 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Looks amazing.

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — February 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I love mashed potatoes too! And I HATE lumps with a passion! Luckily, I’m always on mashed potato and gravy duty at the holidays, so I never have to worry about it! I have a potato ricer, but I’ve never actually used it. I’ll have to break it out someday!

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      Rachel — February 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      How do you get yours super smooth and lump free without using the ricer? I’ve found even beating them to death without using a ricer will leave some small lumps and that’s still a no-no to me lol.

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — February 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I smash the crap out of them with my potato masher.

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    JodieMo — February 5, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Oh, I NEED a ricer. I don’t mind lumpy potatoes, but I love really creamy ones like this. Nice post!

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    Sara @ Saucy Dipper — February 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I have a love of potatoes too, and I actually don’t mind the lumps. Actually, I like them. I usually opt for the smashed potatoes over mashed potatoes.

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    Jessica — February 7, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Looks great! I really need to get a potato ricer!

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    Mary — May 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Potato ricers are amazing I’m of Norwegian decent and my grandma makes Lefse which is basically a potato tortilla :) I had never used a ricer until I help my grandma make lefse this past year after Christmas! PS this RECIPE was AMAZING! :) thanks!

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      Rachel — May 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Oh I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for coming to share! :) I couldn’t live without my ricer. Definitely helps to makes the perfect creamy consistency I want!

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