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 (0 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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semoore User ID: 2098741 263728
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"Simply said, "delicious"!"

mmaron User ID: 7971641 258514
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"Very good and creamy. I am making this to go with our Christmas Prime Rib. I'll be adding even more garlic though."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 256902
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"I had to use a bit more milk but had a great flavor. Will add these into my rotation."

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."

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