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Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are so good, you can serve them plain—no butter or gravy is needed. This is one of our favorite red potato recipes. —Valerie Mitchell, Olathe, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 8 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk, warmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Place potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender.
  • Drain well. Add the butter, milk and salt; mash. Stir in cheese.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • For fluffy results, heat milk and butter before adding to potatoes. Mash just until done.
  • In Europe, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parmesan are considered the same cheese. But in the U.S., Parmesan is a generic term that may not come from Italy’s Parmigiano-Reggiano region. Using the authentic Italian cheese (in a lesser amount than the original’s ½ cup) ensures a cheesy richness in the makeover with less fat and calories.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 190 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


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    • maball
      Dec 16, 2020

      Absolutely delicious. Loved it so much.

    • oreo95
      Dec 27, 2019

      Made these the day before I was serving them. Excellent and so simple. Only changes I made was subbed 1/2

    • 42.rmarshall
      Jun 8, 2018

      Excellent and Delicious!

    • annrms
      Apr 29, 2018

      This is a deliciously simple recipe. Assemble ingredients ahead to make the final prep even easier. I substituted roasted granulated garlic for the fresh. I halved the recipe and still have enough for another meal!

    • tammycookblogsbooks
      Apr 26, 2018

      I like the addition of parmesan cheese. I choose to add minced garlic after the potatoes were cooked and drained.

    • Tropz
      Apr 25, 2017


    • stpeter16
      Apr 16, 2017

      Be very careful to not use a food processor to mix these. I made mistake and ended up with wallpaper paste. Otherwise, easy to make.

    • KookieB
      Apr 14, 2017

      Yes, this is the way we love our taters, too. Only I roast the garlic before instead of boiling it with the potatoes. The flavor is so good!

    • semoore
      Mar 21, 2017

      Simply said, "delicious"!

    • mmaron
      Dec 23, 2016

      Very good and creamy. I am making this to go with our Christmas Prime Rib. I'll be adding even more garlic though.