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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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These roasted garlic mashed potatoes are perfectly creamy and packed with flavor. The perfect side dish to any meal.

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Creamy mashed potatoes are one of those side dishes that if they are not good, everyone notices. It may be a simple side dish, but it’s one that you want to make sure is good.

This roasted garlic mashed potatoes recipe gives you perfect potatoes every single time. 

Think of this recipe as a creamy garlic.mashed potatoes expert tutorial that your family members will rave about for years to come, especially if these are on the thanksgiving table in a beautiful serving bowl.

The creamy notes of the roasted garlic take regular mashed potatoes and turn them into an absolutely perfect fancy steakhouse restaurant quality side dish.

You’ll be amazed at how much flavor just roasting garlic can bring to a dish that you’ll never want to make mashed potatoes any other way again.

Garlic wrapped up in tin foil and ready to roast in the oven.

What do you need to make roasted garlic mashed potatoes?

  • Head of Garlic: you need two full heads of garlic for this recipe, so be sure you have enough
  • Olive Oil: this is what we use to roast the garlic in the oven
  • Russet Potatoes: these make the best mashed potatoes and go perfectly with the garlic flavor
  • Butter: be sure it is room temperature for easy blending into the potatoes. You could also use melted butter too.
  • Milk: this helps blend the potatoes so they are smooth. Some prefer heavy cream and if so, do it!
  • Sour Cream: this adds flavor and creaminess to the potatoes
  • Salt: this makes everything else in the dish taste better
  • Black Pepper: this adds a classic pepper spice and helps you digest the nutrients in your food

How to make roasted garlic mashed potatoes:

  1. Wrap garlic heads drizzled with olive oil in a piece of aluminum foil and bake.
  2. Boil potato quarters over medium heat in a large pot until tender and drain.
  3. Add seasonings to potatoes and blend.
  4. Open garlic packets, cut off the tip of the garlic head, and squeeze the whole head of roasted garlic cloves into potato mix.
  5. Mix either by hand, with a mixer or use a potato ricer to desired consistency and serve with extra butter.
Cubed potatoes in a pot of boiling water

Are roasted garlic mashed potatoes gluten free?

Yes! Every ingredient in this recipe is naturally gluten free.

What type of potatoes should I use to make mashed potatoes?

Mashed potatoes can technically bs made from any kind of potato. Let’s break down a few potatoes and why they make great mashed potatoes.

  • Red Potatoes: These are considered waxy potatoes which do result in great mash potatoes. However beware that they do turn gluey quickly if over mashed.
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: These make great creamy potatoes due to their buttery flavor.
  • Russet Potatoes: These are the most forgiving potato which often give the best results for newer cooks. They work well in a slow cooker and hold up well to a good beating before becoming gluey.
cooked potatoes in a bowl with butter, milk, sour cream, salt and black pepper

What goes well with roasted garlic mashed potatoes?

  • Meat: steak, chicken, fish, all go really well with this side
  • Roasted Veggies: peppers, onions, tomatoes, squash
  • Grilled Entrees: I really like the taste of grilled food next to a creamy mashed potato. Kabobs, meat, shrimp, veggies
  • BBQ: any barbeque items like ribs, shredded pork, chicken

Can dogs eat roasted garlic mashed potatoes?

Unfortunately no dogs cannot eat roasted garlic mashed potatoes! Garlic is very dangerous for dogs even if it has been roasted. Be sure to keep this garlic mashed potato recipe away from your dog.

potatoes mashed in a bowl. Roasted garlic added to potatoes.

What happens to garlic when you roast it?

Raw garlic has a strong, sharp, very specific flavor that can overpower dishes. Roasting it changes the flavor, so these roasted garlic mashed potatoes don’t have that sharp raw taste.

When you roast the garlic, it takes the natural sugars inside and caramelizes them from the inside out. That gives it a milder, sweeter, almost nutty flavor when compared to raw garlic.

Roasting also changes those hard cloves into soft, cloves easy for mashing. So you can easily have a mashed garlic potatoes recipe mixed together smoothly and perfectly without fighting hard raw cloves.

garlic mixed into potatoes and ready to serve

How to fix too much garlic in mashed potatoes:

I don’t think I have ever had too much garlic flavor in these roasted garlic mashed potatoes because the roasted flavor is so different from the raw garlic flavor.

But if you find there is too much in your homemade garlic mashed potatoes, just add more potatoes. Peel, cut, and boil another potato and mix it in until you like the taste.

That will spread out the garlic flavor so it isn’t as strong.

Pro Tip: Always add roasted garlic to your mashed potatoes to avoid the sharp, raw garlic flavor you can get when using raw cloves.

Can you put raw garlic in mashed potatoes?

Yes! But if you put raw garlic, do not use two full heads like in these roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

As I have mentioned, raw garlic has a much stronger and sharper flavor, and it needs to be chopped small or minced before adding to the mashed potatoes. 

Pro Tip: When adding raw garlic, add one clove at a time, mixing and tasting in between cloves to decide how much is right for your dish.

view of mashed potatoes in serving bowl from the top looking down.

How do you mash roasted garlic mashed potatoes?

I like to use a hand mixer for this recipe. Some people swear by using a potato masher and doing it by hand. 

But since we are mixing in roasted garlic, the hand mixer helps blend everything together smoothly.

Pro Tip: Be careful not to mix too long when using a hand mixer! Over beating the potatoes will give you a gluey texture that no one likes. Mix until just smooth.

Can I make roasted garlic mashed potatoes ahead of time?

Yes! Make them so everything including the roasted garlic is mixed well, and then store them. 

When you are ready to serve them, heat them through either in the microwave or in the oven and top with fresh butter to make them feel freshly mashed.

Serving bowl full of mashed potatoes

How to store leftover roasted garlic mashed potatoes?

Store them covered in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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spoon scooping out a portion of the garlic mashed potatoes

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes is a great way to turn simple mashed potatoes into a delicious side dish without a lot of extra work or time.

Yield: 6 Servings

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

view of mashed potatoes in serving bowl from the top looking down.

These roasted garlic mashed potatoes are perfectly creamy and packed with flavor. The perfect side dish to any meal.

Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Place garlic head on a piece of foil.
  3. Drizzle unpeeled head of garlic with olive oil and wrap up nice and tight.
  4. Bake for 1 hour.
  5. After garlic has baked for 30 minutes, start preparing potatoes.
  6. Bring a large pot of water with 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil.
  7. Peel and quarter potatoes and add to boiling water.
  8. Cook potatoes until tender - about 15 minutes.
  9. Drain potatoes.
  10. Add butter, milk, sour cream, 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper to potatoes and blend with a hand blender. Do not over blend.
  11. Once the garlic is finished baking, open the foil packet.
  12. Cut off the tip of the garlic head and squeeze roasted garlic into mashed potatoes.
  13. Mix again and serve with another dollop of butter on top.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 803mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

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