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Caramelized Onion & Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.


10 servings

This potato recipe provides an interesting take on typical mashed potatoes. The easy-to-make side is rich with bold flavors from onion, garlic and bacon—perfect for Thanksgiving or any other important family meal.—Crystal Holsinger, Surprise, Arizona


  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds red potatoes, cubed (about 8 cups)
  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed
  • 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives


  1. In a large skillet, heat 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 8-10 minutes or until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in garlic halves, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook 25-30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, place potatoes in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain, then shake potatoes over low heat 1 minute to dry.
  3. Mash potatoes slightly, gradually adding milk and remaining butter. Stir in onion mixture. Top with bacon and chives.

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