Garlic-Infused Mashed Potatoes + VIDEO


Not your regular mashed potatoes. These garlic-infused mashed potatoes are the silkiest, creamiest mashed potatoes ever. This side dish is made with red skin potatoes, garlic-infused heavy cream and butter, and a pinch of white pepper for an extra kick of flavor.

Garlic-infused mashed potatoes bite in a fork, by enrilemoine.

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Three weeks ago, my Dad and Gioyita, his wife, came to spend a couple of days with us. The day before they left, I decided that for dinner we should have an American meal, meaning, of course, beef and potatoes. We made a fire and ate on the patio, overlooking the mountains, which at sunset turn purple.

Our menu included grilled bacon-wrapped filet mignons and we had them with a green salad and mashed potatoes. For dessert, we had apple pie and ended with blankets and a couple of Black Swan cocktails

The Best Mashed Potatoes with Heavy Cream

Red skin potatoes in a basket, to make buttery mashed potatoes, by enrilemoine.

This post is not about that memorable dinner but the creamy garlic-infused mashed potatoes we had that night and will have as one of the side dishes for our Thanksgiving meal. These fancy mashed potatoes are to-die-for, and they deserve a special place in any holiday celebration.

After the first bite, my Dad exclaimed: “This tastes like in the best restaurant ever.” I told him he was right. These are fine dining mashed potatoes. I slightly adapted Balthazar’s recipe. Balthazar is the bustling yet romantic brasserie in Soho, New York City, and it’s one of my favorite restaurants ever. The Balthazar Cookbook is a compendium of its acclaimed recipes.

How to Make Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Heavy cream being poured on a small pan with garlic, to make creamy garlic mashed potatoes, by enrilemoine.

These creamy mashed potatoes are flavored with garlic. But the garlic flavor is subtle. The first step is infusing heavy cream with garlic. You achieve that by simmering and then blending both ingredients. Then, that mixture is used to mash the potatoes. 

What Cream To Use for Mashed Potatoes

Peeled potatoes in a pot with water, to make mashed potatoes, by enrilemoine.

I use heavy cream, the same whipping cream we all love. Of course, these creamy mashed potatoes have all the calories, but trust me: there are no better mashed potatoes on the planet than these.

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

The making of mashed potatoes with heavy cream infused with garlic, by enrilemoine.

These are my deluxe mashed potatoes for special occasions. When I’m cooking for the holidays, I generously mash my potatoes with butter in addition to heavy cream. Regularly, I skip the butter, and it works. 

How Long To Boil the Potatoes

I cover my peeled and cut potatoes with water and add salt. Once the water boils, I cook the potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes. Immediately I drain them and mash them, alternating garlic-infused cream and butter.

What Can I Use Instead of a Potato Masher

A baking dish with creamy mashed potatoes, by enrilemoine.

As you can see in the pictures, I used a potato masher. But if you watch my video, filmed ten years later, I’m using a potato ricer, which now is my favorite tool to perform the task. However, use a fork if you don’t have any of those. This will take a few more minutes. 

My only advice: please don’t blend or process your potatoes in a food processor. The potatoes release too much starch and end with a gluey, sticky mess.

Creamy Garlic-Infused Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Creamy garlic-infused mashed potatoes on a baking dish, by enrilemoine.

These mashed potatoes are better than Williams-Sonoma’s mashed potatoes, and Alton Brown’smashed potatoes too. But no matter how good they are, they are also super easy to make. I hope you like this recipe.

Happy Holidays!

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Creamy Garlic-Infused Mashed Potatoes

Not your regular mashed potatoes. These, are the silkiest, creamiest mashed potatoes ever. This side dish is made with red skin potatoes, garlic-infused heavy cream and butter, and a pinch of white pepper, for an extra kick of flavor.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 320kcal


  • 10 garlic cloves peeled and cut in thirds
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 pounds red skin potatoes peeled and cut in thirds
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 pinch White pepper finely grounded


  • Put the garlic with the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Let the mixture cool down, pour it into a blender, and process it. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, place the potatoes, cover them with water and boil them over medium heat for 20-25 minutes, until tender.
  • While still warm, drain the potatoes and mash them with butter and garlic-infused cream.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine.



Nutrition Facts
Creamy Garlic-Infused Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 559mg16%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 941IU19%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, French
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: creamy garlic-infused mashed potatoes recipe, fancy mashed potatoes, garlic-flavored mashed potatoes, how to make buttery mashed potatoes, how to make mashed potatoes with heavy cream, how to make mashed potatoes with whipping cream


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