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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Here’s the side to top all sides…creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

You know how it is when you crave something to go along with your meal or sop up your gravy? Down south, we call that a hankering. You’ll definitely get a hankering for Garlic Mashed Potatoes since they’re simple, goof-proof, and outrageously delicious.

Perhaps the best part is how these potatoes can be made in one big pot, so clean-up is a snap. Or, maybe the most wonderful thing about this dish is when you taste the first bite of creamy, fluffy goodness. 🙂

I stopped peeling potatoes a long time ago after discovering how good they taste with their skins left on. Red skin potatoes are the perfect choice for this mash because they’re soft and tender. They cook quickly, and hold their shape after they’re mixed with other ingredients.

Speaking of other ingredients, in addition to garlic, the star of the show is sour cream. After the potatoes have cooked, just drain them and add butter, sour cream and garlic…then step back and watch the magic begin.

You could eat Garlic Mashed Potatoes all by themselves, but they’re really good with my Smoked BBQ Meatloaf. Be sure to leave a comment below telling me what you think!

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 14 servings 1x


Garlic Mashed Potatoes puts all the other sides to shame!  This recipe feeds a large crowd, so it’s perfect for holidays and get-togethers.



  • 5 lb. bag red potatoes, cubed with skins on
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 8 oz. carton sour cream
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup half & half cream (use more if needed to achieve a creamy texture)


  1. Cube potatoes, then place in a large dutch oven.
  2. Cover with water and bring potatoes to a boil.
  3. Turn heat to medium and boil until tender (about 20 minutes).
  4. Drain potatoes and return to dutch oven. 
  5. Break potatoes up with mixer.
  6. Add butter, sour cream, garlic, pepper and salt.
  7. With a mixer, blend potatoes in dutch oven for at least 2 minutes.
  8. Add half & half gradually and mix until potatoes are creamy.


It’s okay to have lumps in this dish, so there’s no need to over-mix.

Stir in 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese for cheesy mashed potatoes. 🙂

This recipe feeds a large crowd, which is perfect for big gatherings. 

Garlic Mashed Potatoes taste great with my Smoked BBQ Meatloaf.

  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Hand Mixer

Keywords: mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, potatoes

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  1. Dorris Sherman

    Just in time. I have company coming next week.

  2. I don’t normally use a recipe for mashed potatoes. But mine doesn’t come out great every time. I decided to try your recipe for Thanksgiving. WOW!! I am in love with these potatoes. Absolutely delicious, and thick just like I like them. Debi, you were the talk of the turkey table.(smile) Thanks for sharing.

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