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Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

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These garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes just might become your go-to mashed potato recipe!  Made with just a few simple ingredients, these homemade potatoes are smooth, bursting with flavor and are a perfect compliment to just about any dinner recipe.

These mashed potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes to make because they are so easy to make and everyone loves them.  Some of my other favorite sides are these Green Bean Casserole, Honey Glazed Carrots or Pasta Salad recipes.

a white bowl filled with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes. The potatoes have just come from the oven so the top of the potatoes are a golden brown color.

Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Throughout the years, people have made wonderful additions to the standard mashed potato recipe. From bacon to green onions to pesto and broccoli, mashed potatoes can be dressed up in a myriad ways. One of my favorites is to add fresh garlic and Parmesan cheese to the recipe.

These potatoes are so good, you’ll think you were sitting at your favorite steakhouse.  However, instead of spending a fortune, you can enjoy them any day of the week with your favorite dinner recipes.  They’re so easy to make, they’ll be on your table in no time.

How To Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. While potatoes are boiling, melt butter on low heat in a saucepan on the stove.
  2. When the butter is melted, add the garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes but be careful not let the garlic get too brown.
  3. Remove and set aside while you prepare the rest of the potatoes.
  4. When the potatoes are fork-tender, drain them and then add them back to the pan.
  5. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or put them in your mixer and mix until smooth being careful not to over-mix.
  6. Add the salt, garlic butter and Parmesan cheese and mash or mix.
  7. If your potatoes are too stiff, add some liquid like milk or cream.
  8. Transfer to an oven-safe dish and broil on high for several minutes until the top starts to brown.

How To Make Your Mashed Potatoes Smooth

The key to having smooth potatoes is to mash them by hand before you add any butter, sour cream or liquid (like milk or cream). Once I drain my potatoes, I put them back in the pan and then I put the pan back on the hot burner that I have turned off. I mash them for a little bit there so most of the water moisture will evaporate. If I feel like the potatoes are starting to stick to the bottom or that things are too hot, I will remove the pan from the burner and continue to mash.

looking down on a bowl of homemade garlic mashed potatoes with Parmesan cheese. The picture is a close up of the bowl, so you can only see about half of the bowl.

Which Potatoes Should I Use

To get the smoothest mashed potatoes, I like to use Russet potatoes.  They tend to give me the fluffiest potatoes and are a little more forgiving if they get a little over-mixed.  A lot of people prefer the taste of red potatoes over Russets and you can definitely substitute them in this recipe.  If you do, just know they won’t turn out as fluffy but they’ll still taste amazing!

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Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These delicious homemade garlic mashed potatoes are smooth, bursting with flavor and taste just like you would get at your favorite restaurant!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 176 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp. of pressed or finely diced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Cube the potatoes and boil them
  2. While potatoes are boiling, melt butter on low heat in a saucepan on the stove.
  3. When the butter is melted, add the garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes. Do not let the garlic get too brown.
  4. Remove and set aside while you prepare the rest of the potatoes.
  5. When potatoes are fork-tender, drain them and then add them back to the pan.
  6. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or put them in your mixer and mix until smooth. Do not over-mix.
  7. Add the salt, garlic butter and Parmesan cheese and mash or mix.
  8. If your potatoes are too stiff, add some liquid like milk or cream.
  9. Transfer to an oven-safe dish and broil on high for several minutes until the top starts to brown.
  10. Serve while hot.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a bowl of this easy garlic mashed potatoes recipe with a side of chopped vegetables next to it. In the middle of the image the words garlic parmesan mashed potatoes is written.

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