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Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes Recipe

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

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judontmesswithme User ID: 7075186 245718
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."

lauramarielawson User ID: 5246360 241878
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."

Teritown User ID: 8612321 237135
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

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

CookinLovin User ID: 7872989 236977
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."

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 234980
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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 193450 226464
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"Nice, easy recipe, but I did not get much of a garlic or Parmesan. In fact, next time I would cut the Parmesan all together. I peeled half of the potatoes, left half with their red skins."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 218078
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"I didn't taste the garlic or parmesan in these potatoes, but it was still good."

LinaNguyen95 User ID: 8157964 218001
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"Didn't have Parmesan cheese, so I substituted it with hummus. My dad hates hummus. He usually hogs all of the food, so I thought that the addition would deter him, although I didn't tell him. It didn't. I still got the satisfaction of making him consume something that he so hated. 5 stars."

BigdogsRule User ID: 8156237 215736
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Saut?ed the garlic in butter first. Then added milk. After it cools I add parm cheese& garlic butter mixture. I'm combining a recipe I'm recalling by memory w.this. Can put in a buttered oven safe pan & bake next day to heat&brown."

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 85771
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"My daughter and I made these for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone loved them. We doubled the recipe because we were serving a crowd and wanted leftovers. We added more than double garlic to the water when boiling the potatoes, then removed some before we mashed them - didn't want the garlic flavor to overpower. They tasted great, had an appealing look, and went well with gravy."

vbag User ID: 1135425 204060
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"Fantastic! I love the use of red potatoes and parmesan in this recipe. I added a gentle splash of garlic."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 84475
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"Great side dish!"

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 77809
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014


scotth2103 User ID: 5543668 35113
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"I'm the mashed potato maker in my family and with a few modifications these are some of the best I've ever had! Absolutely delicious! We are garlic lovers so I tripled the garlic, did half butter and half pure olive oil, added a little extra salt(I only use sea salt), 1-2 teaspoons each of basil and chives, and added pepper to taste. Tried with and w/o gravy and wonderful either way, although gravy tends to mask the terrific blend of flavors. Highly recommended and super easy!! 5 stars all the way!"

Nicelady73 User ID: 7658859 84473
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"I love your recipe I use than all the time"

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 50084
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"Delicious & pretty easy for homemade garlic mashed potatoes! Can definitely taste the garlic flavor!"

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 90881
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"These were great! I'm not much of a mashed potato fan, but I could eat these a lot!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3864962 76090
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014


fallongrrl User ID: 6261326 50082
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014


ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 30494
Reviewed May. 6, 2014


loudone User ID: 5847775 50041
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"My husband is a potato critic...he loved this one!!!"

Mgtnmaz User ID: 7532015 30492
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"Easy and wonderful recipe. I was looking for something similar to Outbacks garlic potatoes and this was much easier and as good. My wife and kids loved it!"

KatyH3 User ID: 7354323 111748
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"This is a go-to recipe for me. It's easy and delicious and I love that it's not heavy and I usually have the ingredients around."

alfoa User ID: 2078080 204059
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"I am surprised at the other reviews. I didn't think this was anything special. I made the recipe exactly as stated; found the garlic too overpowering (which was fine for me because I like garlic, but would reduce the amount if serving to guests). I also needed to add more salt, and also pepper. I may make this again, but I will continue my quest to find a really good red-skin mashed potato recipe. My go-to mashed potatoes are way better than this, but made with bakers. Looking for a change of pace."

KristyLSwan User ID: 6357338 70963
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2013

"My Family loved it!! Very Good"

waynepat User ID: 1352809 76087
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"I followed the recipe exactly and these are the best garlic mashed potatoes I've ever tasted."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 29699
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"I made these as written, and they were good. The aroma of the garlic was wonderful, but the garlic flavor was lacking. That can easily be solved with more garlic and some pepper. I'd also add a little sour cream next time."

ConnieK User ID: 282614 34414
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"Excellent flavor and so easy to make."

TE81 User ID: 5351607 77756
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"These were wonderful! Just like at a restaurant. I used shredded Parmesan cheese and added a bit of cream and garlic powder too. This will be my new staple for garlic mashed potatoes! Served these with baked salmon, and steamed carrots and beans."

foxy11 User ID: 1044678 77755
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I would definitely make these again. My family loved them and they are easy to make! I served them with a roast."

turtledaisy User ID: 3675355 28363
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"These are excellent mashed potatoes! I make them often and I always add extra garlic. You can never have too much garlic!"

raceywlf User ID: 3872239 90880
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"this is a family favorite, made it many times, I added one clove of garlic to each potato used, and added 1/2& 1/2 in place of the milk. wonderful recipe! nice & creamy and delish!"

trujinx User ID: 3449265 44841
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"GREAT RECIPE !! ( added a little more garlic just because family likes more garlic - it's really to preference )"

blhenn User ID: 5747906 70962
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"These were really good mashed potatoes. They are easy to make and still have good flavor. We made them with roast."

jodytix User ID: 5178823 90879
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"Everyone loved these mashed potates! They all had seconds and thirds! Will definetly make it again."

herreka User ID: 5422677 30491
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"so delicious!"

jessicastant User ID: 1945813 70961
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"These were good. Next time I will probably peel the potatoes because our little kids did not like the skins in there. I made these with BBQ Round Steak."

mehalv User ID: 4612167 50003
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"Great recipe. If you are a garlic-lover, an extra clove or two couldn't hurt! I substituted fat-free half-and-half for milk for a little extra creaminess. Yum!!"

renney User ID: 4992588 44806
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"This was the best mashed potato recipe I have ever made. I also love that it was so simple."

smalltowngirl_VA User ID: 783822 83934
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"We loved these potatoes!! So simple yet very, very good!"

beksand User ID: 2556544 77745
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"these are awesome!"

lklabelle User ID: 3330828 30490
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"so easy and sooo good!"

Bratrattery User ID: 1029483 204058
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2009

"This is definitely a family favorite! So delicious!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1193357 49980
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2008

"Re: Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

This side dish is great!! It goes well with many main dishes. I like to change up my potato dishes and this ones a keeper! The whole family just loves it!!

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 29696
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"These are awesome. My husband loves potatoes in pretty much any way, shape or form, but he particularly loves red potatoes. This has become his favorite red potato recipe."

wlachef User ID: 3202319 28360
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2008

"These garlic mashed potatoes have fantastic flavor and are easy to prepare. Recipe can be doubled or halved with no change in texture or flavor. This recipe will replace our regular mashed potato sidedish."

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