Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

These garlic mashed red potatoes use the cooking liquid to impart a rich garlic flavor. The starch from the potatoes helps make these mashed potatoes creamy without having to use milk or heavy cream.

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes
Photo: Will Dickey
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 4 pounds new or baby red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 8 large cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper, plus more for serving

  • Chopped fresh chives for garnish


  1. Place potatoes and garlic in a large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; uncover, reduce heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid, then drain. Return the vegetables to the pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are dry, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  2. Mash the potatoes and garlic with a potato masher. Stir in butter, salt, pepper and 3/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Add additional cooking liquid, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Garnish with chives and/or pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
5g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size about 3/4 cup
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 156IU 3%
Vitamin C 16mg 18%
Folate 33mcg 8%
Vitamin K 6mcg 5%
Sodium 324mg 14%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 41mg 10%
Potassium 840mg 18%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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