Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are what garlic mashed potato dreams are made of! Garlic is roasted and whipped into creamy mashed potatoes until smooth. Buttery, garlicky and the perfect mashed potato recipe!
Let’s Talk Potatoes
Mashed potatoes need their main star: potatoes!
For this recipe, Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes can be used. Either options work great! Yukon Gold potatoes naturally have a more buttery texture than Russets, but they both whip up beautifully!
Add the peeled and diced potatoes into a large pot and cover with water. Then, bring that water to a boil. If you drop the potatoes directly into boiling water, it can cause the starch inside the potatoes to seize up and result in a grainy mashed potato – nobody wants that!
How to Roast Garlic
Roasting garlic really magnifies the garlic flavor! Brings it to life and adds all sorts of depth. Which makes it the perfect companion for these mashed potatoes.
In order to roast garlic, a whole garlic head is needed. Try to find one that is on the larger side, or use a couple smaller ones. Take a knife and cut off the tip of each bulb, leaving the bottom whole. This will expose the tops of the garlic. Drizzle on a bit of olive oil, wrap in foil and stick it in the oven! Easy peasy. Takes about 30-45 minutes to roast – this is definitely something that can be done ahead of time if you’re in a time crunch!
Once the garlic is roasted, allow it to cool for a bit. Then, you can squeeze the bottom of the garlic bulb and all the roasted garlic will come out! It whips into the mashed potatoes beautifully.
Optional Brown Butter Garlic Topping
If you really want to take these mashed potatoes over the top, add on a brown butter garlic topping before serving! How great does that sound? Here’s how to make it:
- Add a stick of butter and about 10 garlic cloves to a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Melt and brown the butter until the butter is golden brown and nutty. The garlic cloves will be perfectly sautéd and browned as well.
- Create grooves and creases on the top of the mashed potatoes. Then ladle the browned butter garlic sauce over top into the grooves! Get ready for the “ooo’s” and “ahhh’s.”
Note: if you don’t like eating whole garlic cloves, remove them from the butter before pouring onto the mashed potatoes!
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