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Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are a great, flavorful side for a feast. They’re even a delicious crowd-pleaser for a weeknight dinner next to grilled chicken or steak. 


Is It A Feast?

When he was little, my cousin Troy wisely defined a feast.
He said a meal is a feast if it has mashed potatoes, gravy and Jello.

I mean, that’s a drop-the-mic statement.

Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes


We’ll work on the Jello part later (remember he was probably 6 when he said this). These mashed potatoes, however, will make your Thanksgiving dinner a FEAST!

•(Remember to make plenty of gravy with your turkey drippings. Not only does it contribute to the feast, but you’ll have extra for leftover sandwiches and turkey pot pie!)




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Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes
Work Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Shallot, garlic and herb-infused milk and butter are the secret to this light and fluffy side dish.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Garlic herb mashed potatoes
Calories: 2546 kcal
  • cups milk
  • 2 tsp kosher salt plus more for boiling potatoes
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 sliced shallots
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 5 lbs russet potatoes
  1. In a small saucepan heat milk, salt, butter, garlic, shallots and thyme until just at a simmer. Cover and remove from heat to steep.
  2. Peel potatoes, rinse and cut into pieces. In a large pot cover potatoes with salted water by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer and cook until fork tender, about 30 min; drain.
  3. Strain milk mixture through a fine strainer and discard solids. Transfer drained potatoes to a mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher.
  4. Whip potatoes with an electric mixer, adding the strained milk, until light and fluffy. Serve hot with extra butter and herbs as garnish.
Recipe Notes

Infusing the milk is key to incredible flavor.

Nutrition Facts
Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2546 Calories from Fat 621
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 69g 106%
Saturated Fat 42g 210%
Cholesterol 183mg 61%
Sodium 4911mg 205%
Potassium 10111mg 289%
Total Carbohydrates 438g 146%
Dietary Fiber 32g 128%
Sugars 33g
Protein 61g 122%
Vitamin A 51.1%
Vitamin C 177.7%
Calcium 72.1%
Iron 118.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes



Recipe by Tara Bench
Originally published in
Ladies’ Home Journal Nov 2012
Photography Seth Smoot
Food Styling Sara Neumeier
Prop Styling Michelle Wong

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