Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes Recipe
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Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes Recipe

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These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are so good, you can serve them plain—no butter or gravy is needed. This is the only way we prepare mashed potatoes. —Valerie Mitchell, Olathe, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 8 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk, warmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 190 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. Place potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender.
  2. Drain well. Add the butter, milk and salt; mash. Stir in cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes in Light & Tasty February/March 2001, p27

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Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"This is my favorite mashed potato recipe, and I use it a lot for potluck when I know people are going to want mashed potatoes. I made this for Thanksgiving a few years ago, and they were gone before my mom's. I also use them for shepherd's pie. Excellent mashed potatoes."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"Very good! I used minced garlic and cooked it over the stove with the butter and added them after the potatoes were done."

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"Instead of putting garlic with the boiling potatoes, roast the garlic then combine with softened butter. No Parmesian please."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Boiling the garlic cloves with the potatoes doesn't give these potatoes much of a garlic flavor. Instead, I chop them then saute them in some butter while the potatoes are cooking, until they are very soft, then mash them with the cooked potatoes and other ingredients. I also use 1/4 cup half & half and 1/4 cup skim milk. Makes them even creamier."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"This is the only way I do it too. Much less mess than our moms ever had. I don't peel and I leave out parmesan to lower sodium content but we love them."

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