• 12 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 fresh sprigs parsley
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil


  1. Wash potatoes. Peel and cut potatoes into half inch cubes.

  2. Place the potatoes in a medium pot with salted water. The water should cover the potatoes by one inch

  3. Bring the potatoes to a boil. Cook until they can be easily pierced with a fork (about 15 minutes.)

  4. Peel and mince the garlic while the potatoes are cooking.

  5. Remove the pot from the heat and drain the potatoes and place them in a separate bowl. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in the same pot used to cook potatoes over medium heat and cook garlic until aromatic.

  6. Turn the heat down to simmer. Return your potatoes to the pot. Begin mashing potatoes with a fork or potato masher until smooth.

  7. Mix in sour cream. Gradually add in milk until the mashed potatoes have reached your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a pat of butter and a garnish of fresh parsley.


  • peeler
  • medium pot
  • strainer
  • medium bowl
  • potato masher or fork

Recipe Notes

These homemade garlic mashed potatoes are absolutely delicious on their own. However, feel free to make a twist on this classic recipe by mixing in some of your own ingredients!

Revolutionize Your Mashed Potatoes

bowl of mashed potatoes with two potatoes

These garlic mashed potatoes are absolutely delightful the way they are, however, there are countless means of making them extra unique. Mashed potatoes can be dressed up by adding various add-ins, and the consistency of the mash can be more creamy or more rustic in texture depending on your preference. Read on to see how you can put a twist on your homemade mashed potatoes.


several potatoes

This recipe calls for the potatoes to be peeled. If you like additional texture in your mashed potatoes or want to skip the extra step of peeling, feel free to keep the skin on. Potato skins are a good source of fiber, iron, zinc, potassium, and calcium, as well as essential vitamins B and C. Although your mashed potatoes won't be extra creamy, they will offer extra nutrition, and the dish will have a more rustic feel.

Herbs And Spices

fresh herbs next to cutting board

Both fresh and dried herbs can offer your mashed potatoes a refreshing flavor. Our recipe calls for a garnish of parsley, but feel free to try something different. Common herbs and spices in mashed potatoes include:

  • rosemary
  • chives
  • thyme
  • parsley
  • dill
  • basil
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • cumin
  • cayenne pepper
  • white pepper


block of cheese

Cheese makes everything better! Adding cheese to your mashed potatoes is a definite way to give your side dish an excellent flavor boost. There are an array of cheeses you can add to your mash. Here are just a few ideas:

  • parmesan
  • cream cheese
  • Gruyere
  • cheddar
  • gouda
  • asiago
  • Jarlsberg


glass of milk

To achieve a smooth, creamy, consistency in mashed potatoes, different ingredients can be used. Some add-ins such as sour cream or cream cheese can provide additional flavors and your desired consistency in your mash.

  • sour cream
  • chicken stock
  • milk
  • butter
  • evaporated milk
  • reserved water from boiled potatoes
  • half and half
  • heavy cream
  • almond milk
  • rice milk
  • soy milk

Other Add-Ins


Aside from herbs, cheese, and extra creaminess, there are other add-ins for your mashed potatoes. To kick your mashed potatoes up a notch, try adding in some bacon for a smoky, salty flavor, or some scallions for an extra bite. The possibilities are endless.

Meal Ideas

steak and mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes pair beautifully with hearty dishes that consist of roasted vegetables and meats such as beef or chicken. Some of our favorites include:

  • Sliced New York strip steak, topped with truffle butter, with a side of roasted vegetables, and garlic mash.
  • Bangers and mash topped with decadent homemade gravy and a side of roasted vegetables
  • Slow cooker roasted chicken with garlic mash and candied carrots.

Homemade mashed potatoes are simple to make and are worth the extra effort. They are incredibly versatile, with a variety of add-ins to make this side dish your own.

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