Best Ever Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

I love garlic mashed potatoes. Drenched in gravy. Mmmmmm. Once you start making garlic mashed potatoes with this secret ingredient, there will be no going back to just plain mashed potatoes!

Potatoes with a vintage potato masher and vintage potato peeler

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How to make the best ever garlic mashed potatoes

For this recipe, I am using 4 – 5 decent size, regular white potatoes (roughly 4″ long and 3″ wide). Adjust the recipe according to how many servings you need, and the sizes of the potatoes you are using.

Peel the potatoes

I find that this vegetable peeler from Titan makes the job go faster. It’s also dishwasher safe.

If you are using new or red potatoes, you can leave them unpeeled, but scrub them well before dicing.

For white potatoes, dice them into small chunks – about an inch or so square. I have found that this will speed up cooking time.

Use cold water

As you dice them, put them into cold water in a sauce pan. The cold water will keep them from turning grey, which looks pretty gross. I learned this lesson the hard way when I was making potato pancakes years ago. 

Imagine grey potato pancakes. Never mind, don’t do that! That’s a pretty unappetizing visual.

Boil the diced potatoes until soft


Diced, cooked potatoes for a garlic mashed potato recipe draining in a strainer

Add minced garlic

Adding minced garlic to the diced, cooked potatoes for a garlic mashed potato recipe

The amount of garlic you use depends on how much you like garlic. I also admit to using the minced stuff from a jar. Horrors!

I use garlic a LOT, and it is a real time-saver for me.

For this recipe, I added a heaping dinner fork full.

Now add the secret ingredient

Adding cream cheese to the diced, cooked potatoes for a garlic mashed potato recipe

A chunk of cream cheese.


No milk, no butter, just cream cheese. Here I am adding a piece that is about 1″ thick and the width of the block in the package of cheese.

Beat everything together at a low speed

Beating the ingredients together with a mixer for a garlic mashed potato recipe

I don’t like my garlic mashed potatoes too lumpy, so I will use the electric beater until they are fairly smooth. Adjust the time of beating to suit your preference, or you can use a masher and do it by hand if you like a lumpier texture.

TIP: You can see that I do all this with the bowl in the sink, because sometimes the beater splashes bits of mashed potato everywhere. Who wants to be scraping mashed potatoes off the wall anyway?

Add salt & pepper if you like.

Garlic mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, chicken and stuffing

Mmmmmm. Garlic mashed potatoes and homemade chicken gravy.

Side note:

The Revere copper-bottom cookware set I use daily is over 40 years old! I highly recommend these. I also have a set of Revere stainless steel mixing bowls, which are just about indestructible. (Nope, Revere didn’t pay me to say that.)

It seems that they are no longer available new from Revere, so look for them at flea markets and tag sales.

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One half and three whole acorn squash
Bread machine, Bunn coffee maker and a KitchenAid stand mixer
Loaf of homemade bread, wood cutting board and serrated bread knife
Vintage, red handle vegetable peeler and vintage wood handle potato masher, with three unpeeled potatoes.

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