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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

For a dinner accompaniment that hardly seems light at all, consider Nikki Dolan's creamy mashed potatoes. The Largo, Florida reader uses light cream cheese and plenty of garlic to flavor the rich side dish. It's destined to become a popular request at your home. Although it was once thought to ward off vampires, today’s research suggests garlic has a laundry list of cardiovascular benefits including reduction in LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and an increase in HDL cholesterol.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2-1/4 pounds red potatoes (about 8 medium), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Remove papery outer skin from garlic bulb, but do not peel or separate the cloves. Cut off top of garlic bulb, exposing individual cloves; brush with oil. Wrap in heavy-duty foil. Bake until cloves are softened, 30-35 minutes. Unwrap and cool 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Squeeze garlic cloves into a bowl; mash with a fork until smooth. Drain potatoes; return to pan. Add garlic; mash potatoes to desired consistency, gradually adding remaining ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 232 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • s_pants
    Apr 29, 2016

    I really liked these, but my family did not care for them.

  • jdykw
    Jan 30, 2013

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  • nikki31675
    Nov 7, 2012

    This is my recipe and I have "revamped" it...rather than boil the potatoes I bake them ahead of time..I find that boiling takes away from the flavor of the potato.

  • vwgirl9
    Sep 7, 2012

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  • ConnieK
    Aug 18, 2012

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  • horsey_mom
    Nov 7, 2011

    Really easy, great taste and my kids LOVED it!

  • smurthwaitetd
    Mar 1, 2011

    Awesome flavor!

  • tarb68
    Jan 11, 2010

    Delicious! Made these as directed on Thanksgiving morning, then put in crockpot on low until we were ready to eat in the afternoon.

  • jamiebonner
    Nov 22, 2009

    I use this recipe, but do not add the milk, salt, or pepper. It is wonderful without it and the cream cheese makes it very creamy. I always get asked to bring these along to Holiday gatherings.

  • accessdenied6875
    Aug 27, 2008

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