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garlic mashed red potatoes in yellow dutch oven with melted butter, wooden spoon and pepper mill on side

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

  • Author: Elizabeth
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


The best Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes are super creamy, comforting, simple and flavorful. A side dish sure to please everyone at the holiday table!



3 lbs red potatoes

1 stick unsalted butter, plus extra melted butter for topping

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

35 garlic cloves (more if you’re a garlic lover!)

1 Tablespoon thyme sprigs, stems removed

24 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


Bring a large stock pot to a rolling boil and season with salt. Scrub and quarter your red potatoes. Boil potatoes until fork tender. 

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, heavy cream, garlic and thyme sprigs until mixture is simmering. Turn heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes to infuse cream with thyme and garlic. 

In a large bowl fitted with a hand or stand mixer, begin to beat potatoes on low and slowly pour in the cream mixture until potatoes are whipped and smooth. Beat in salt and black pepper. Start with two teaspoons salt and taste as you go. Salt should be added to preference.

Optional: Serve with more melted butter and thyme sprigs on top.


Substitute Yukon Gold potatoes instead.

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