Thanksgiving Recipes


Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Garlic Mashed Potatoes

What is one of the most popular staples in the American Diet, especially at Thanksgiving? The potato is at the foundation of the American diet. What are your favorite kinds of potatoes? Do you like them fried, roasted, or baked and smothered in toppings? Or are you a fan of the All-American favorite mashed potato? Let's talk about those mashed potatoes.

Choosing the Right Potatoes

Did you know that in many other countries, they do not have white, yellow, or gold potatoes in their market? They are missing out. In our supermarket, the variety of potatoes can be overwhelming at times. So we usually choose the best potato by the price tag. But is that really the best way to select the ultimate mashing potato?

Let's take a look at a few ordinary potatoes and determine which varieties will whip-up the best garlic mashed potatoes recipe. Let's talk about the potato varieties.

  • Idaho or Russet are high in starch. They are better for boiling, baking, and frying.
  • Red Bliss or New Potatoes are low in starch. They are creamy and hold their shape well after being cooked. These potatoes are good for roasting, boiling, casseroles and potato salads.
  • Yukon Gold or Inca Gold are medium in starch. These potatoes are a great all-purpose potato, and great for mashed potatoes.

For the ultimate garlic mashed potatoes, go for the gold. The Yukon or Inca Gold are an excellent choice for a firm, creamy, fluffy bowl of mashed potatoes. Now that we have narrowed down the best potato. Let us move forward to prepare the ultimate Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Preparing an American Tradition

American cuisine has perfected the Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe. There are many variations of basic mashed potatoes. However, the staple ingredients of potatoes, dairy, salt, pepper, garlic are almost always in the mashing bowl.

Now that we have discussed the basic components of our mashed potatoes, what can we add to make them the ultimate mashed potatoes? Depending on the tastebuds of your family, here are some mashed potato add-ons that will keep everyone coming and talking about your mashed potatoes this year.

  • Fresh diced chives
  • Chicken broth
  • Sour Cream
  • Onion Powder
  • Vegetable Magic
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese

By adding a savory or fat for a fuller flavor, you will whip-up the best-mashed potatoes ever. Your family and friends are sure to gobble-up the mashed potatoes this year. But what if you planned for an army and have some potatoes leftover? What can be done to transform the leftovers?

Leftover Mashed Potato Transformations

After all the work that goes into cooking huge family dinners, leftovers are a welcomed sight for the next day. But the third and fourth day afterward, our palate is saying it is time to move on and eat something else.

Sometimes we make extra mashed potatoes just to transform them. Here are some ideas for creations you can make with your leftover potatoes:

These are just a few ideas you can use to recreate your potatoes into a new flavorful menu item. It is as simple as adding some eggs, milk, cheese, chicken, or beef. By adding a few different ingredients and you will have a brand new crowd-pleaser at your kitchen table.

Are you ready? It is time to gather the ingredients and make the garlic mashed potatoes recipe. Make some extra mashed potatoes for easy dinners and lunches for the days to come. You can always pop one of the potato transformation recipes in the freezer for dinner on a busy day. It is time to get mashing so you can serve your family mouthwatering piping hot Garlic Mashed Potatoes at your celebration.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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  • Author: MomsWhoThink


  • 8 potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch ground white pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil; add potatoes, and boil until soft, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain, and place in a large bowl.
  2. Combine potatoes with milk, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix with an electric mixer or potato masher to your desired consistency.
  4. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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