Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Food blogger rule #1: Take pictures of your meals before you eat them.

Oops. Who me?

So I forgot to take a nice, pretty picture of my completed meal: rotisserie chicken (store-bought), broccoli, and homemade garlic mashed potatoes.  I did, however, manage to take a picture of the potatoes before I served them!


Not the prettiest picture, but the taste will make you forget all about my lack of pictures!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Makes around 6-7 servings


  • 8 medium red potatoes, peeled and cubed (I don’t peel mine perfectly.  I like a little skin left on there.)
  • 4-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup milk
  • Salt (1 tsp + ½ tbsp, separated)


  • Put peeled and cut potatoes in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the potatoes.
  • Put one of the cloves of garlic (minced) into the pot with the potatoes. Add about 1 tsp. salt.
  • Bring the pot to a boil, and then cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain the potatoes.
  • Put the potatoes into a bowl and add the butter. Using a hand-held mixer, mix everything together. Slowly add milk. Add about ¼ of a cup and mix together. If mixture is too thick, add a little more until the potatoes reach desired consistency. Add salt (about 1/2 tbsp, but you can adjust to your taste!) and stir.
  • Serve and enjoy!

This recipe is for those of us who really like garlic.  I love garlic, and I absolutely loved these mashed potatoes.  Brandon, however, thought the garlic flavor was too strong. I don't know smile  I somehow keep forgetting that my dear husband likes things simple.  I like meals with lots of flavor and unique twists on old classics.  He likes the old classics to remain old classics. Sigh.  What am I going to do with him?

So if you’re like Brandon and you aren’t a big garlic fan, you can reduce the amount of garlic (or leave it out altogether) and maybe add some pepper for more flavor!

And if you are short on time or just don’t like juggling multiple dishes, take my mom’s advice: focus on making one thing from scratch, and “cheat” on the rest of the meal.  For example, you could do what I did and buy a rotisserie chicken from the store to serve with your potatoes.  Or you could serve them with something that’s been cooking in the slow cooker all day.  Just don’t stress.  A good meal doesn’t have to be a complicated one!

Question for ya …

Mashed potatoes: simple or kicked up a notch?

Best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Do you and your significant other differ when it comes to food choices?  If so, how?

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10 Responses to Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    This recipe looks so good! My husband is obsessed with mashed potatoes and would love these! :)

  2. kaceyjt

    Eric makes it easy for me because he is the least picky eater in the world! Everything I make tastes great to him…he just likes food:) So we mainly just eat what I like and I know he’ll like it, too!
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    • notsodomesticated

      We’re like that maybe 80% of the time. But the other 20% results in things like this … me eating the majority of the potatoes myself! ;)

  3. Marjorie

    I am glad I am not the only one who forgets to take pictures of food! :)

    I’ll devour something and then be like…that was really pretty. I should’ve taken a picture for the blog.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha exactly! ;)

  4. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    I like mashed potatoes (or potatoes in general) pretty much any way they are served. I looove potatoes. :) These look delicious!

    Cody is very simplistic when it comes to his food. He doesn’t like anything added or fancy. I like simple sometimes, but I like to add some variety and extra mix-ins too!
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  5. AineMistig

    My husband and my son’s favorite meals are the easiest ones to make too!

    He doesn’t like “strong” garlic???? He can’t be from our hometown, then, because I never met an I-talian who didn’t like garlic! ;)

    I, however, take the minced garlic out of the jar by heaping spoonfuls to add to our meals, I’m sure I’ll like this recipe just fine!!

    Oh, and your Mom and you share the same thing I learned — you can make one thing homemade, and cheat on the rest. For example: I’ll make a gallon or two of homemade soup once a week, but I buy store garlic bread to eat with it.

    Did I mention my family and I like garlic? ;)

    Have a great day Momma!

    • notsodomesticated

      Hope you have a great day, as well!! ;)

  6. Laura @ Live, Run Sparkle

    Those mashed potatoes look so good, that’s pretty much exactly how I make mine too. I’m planning to make them this weekend because it it Thanksgiving in Canada :) Can’t wait!

    My boyfriend and I have very similar likes/dislikes when it comes to food so it is pretty easy

    • notsodomesticated

      Aww then Happy Thanksgiving to you, Laura! :) Enjoy it!

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