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Why Are Garlic Mashed Potatoes So Delicious?

Posted by Matthew Garlic Shaker and Kevin Vadala / garlicshaker.com on

Mashed potatoes are often a staple around the holidays for many families and for planned gatherings. But, do you know how to make them more than just a staple? Add garlic!  Garlic mashed potatoes make regular mashed potatoes into something else entirely. This “something” is pungent, buttery, and salty. It goes down the hatch without the need for gravy because the garlic is so delicious that it slides down the throat like nectar from the gods. They make me want to fall to my knees like a pilgrim on a sojourn.

Mashed potatoes can be quite a process when it comes to preparation and work. First you have to boil the potatoes, then you have to mash them. Then, at the same time you have to heat up butter and cream. When cream, butter, and mashed potato are mixed together, the mashed potatoes might have lumps or be too runny if you get a little lazy or too liberal with the milk. With all of this work, you might ask yourself, why add garlic to complicate things? The fact of the matter is that garlic is delicious. But that’s not the only reason, oh no! The garlic will take your mashed potatoes and turn them into a party in your mouth.

To make some of these recipes learn how to peel garlic easily with the GarlicShaker. 

When you make ordinary mashed potatoes and you manage to get them perfect, generally the result is just golden, white, and fluffy mush that will taste more of butter, and salt than anything else. Kids see these regular old potatoes and think “more potatoes, they are OK I guess?” Do you want your kids thinking this way? I know I don’t. The adults aren’t much better either, they simply think “well, there’s the mashed potatoes as usual. I wonder how good the gravy is going to be this year”. Potatoes are important during the holidays, that can’t be ignored. But I think it’s time that mashed potatoes deserve to be the king of the table, instead of the lowly peasant that simply holds the main courses together! Adding garlic is the key to the kingdom!

Garlic is critical if you want your mashed potatoes to gain a higher social ranking with your dinner party guests and your family. All you need to do is get a clove of garlic (or more… don’t be shy!), chop it up, or crush the garlic with a garlic press. Then mix the garlic up with your butter and cream. The press mixes all the tasty juices in the cloves, and it releases the health benefits of garlic. Add the mixture to your butter, cream and potatoes and then, you wait for the magic to happen. The garlic will release its potent spiciness and characteristic bitter-sweetness into the mash potatoes, transforming into a delicacy of epic proportions and mystical reverence - the garlic mashed potatoes!

Once you have your garlic mashed potatoes, you will find that you don’t even need to add gravy anymore. The garlic will replace it nicely. This cuts down on preparation time significantly in for the whole meal because making gravy is very time consuming. “But I love gravy!” you say. Well that’s just fine. You can eat these pearly clouds of awesome with gravy too if you wish. Gravy and garlic mashed potatoes are a perfect combination. Go right ahead and eat them together. We don’t mind. And it’s so easy! Garlic mashed potatoes go well with any type of meat as a side dish, and they still manage to stand out on their own. I assure you, the distinctive and aromatic taste of the garlic mashed potatoes will perfectly compliment your herbed roasted turkey.

While garlic mashed potatoes are easy, tasty, and memorable, they are also healthy. Potatoes are packed full of vitamin C (if you want the most vitamin C keep some skins in the potatoes) and garlic itself is great for your cardiovascular health as it reduces cholesterol build up.

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Vegan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Bring 12 cups water to boil in large pot. While water is heating, wash, peel, and chop 5 lbs potatoes into 1.5-2 inch chunks. Place potato chunks into boiling water and simmer on medium-high heat for about 12 minutes, or until potatoes are soft and easily break apart. Remove ½ cup of potato cooking water and set aside. Drain all water off potatoes in a strainer and return potatoes pot. Place garlic, and hot potatoes cooking in pot and mash them with a potato masher until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients--vegan butter, vegan cream cheese, and salt--and taste for salt preference before serving.


  • 1.5 lbs Russet potatoes (makes about 10 cups chopped)
  • 2.½ cup potato cooking water
  • 3.3-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 4.3 Tbsp. vegan butter, plus more for topping if desired
  • 5.¼ cup vegan cream cheese
  • 6.2 tsp salt, or to taste

Garlic mashed potatoes are in a league of their own. There is no comparison in the mashed potato world. They are easy to prepare, healthy to eat, and are sure to be a hit at your next family event or guest get together. Fire them up! When you make garlic mashed potatoes you are going to have to peel off the skin. 

Watch this video to see a  garlic peeler that is so quick!

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