Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


6 servings

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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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