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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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These healthy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and much lighter than traditional mashed potatoes, and taste so darn good! The perfect side dish at any holiday.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Thisese easy garlic mashed potatoes recipe is the perfect side dish for meatloaf, filet mignon, air fryer steak, or serve this at your Thanksgiving table with your Dry Brine Turkey. If you have leftovers, make these Leftover Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties. More potato recipes you might also enjoy, these Paprika Smashed Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, or these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.

Healthy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

How to make creamy mashed potatoes without adding too much fat?

  • I like to use Yukon Gold potatoes, they have a buttery texture and golden color.
  • When the potatoes are still warm, I drain them and add a combination of milk, broth and sour cream with just a small amount of butter for flavor.
  • To mash the potatoes I like to use a potato masher or a hand mixer to get them extra whipped. I don’t recommend an immersion blender, it will make it pasty.

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Cooking Tips:

  • For best results, select potatoes that are suitable for mashing, such as Yukon gold potatoes, which have a naturally buttery texture. Russet or Idaho potatoes can also be used instead.
  • To achieve a smoother texture, use a hand mixer instead of a potato masher.
  • Adjust the seasonings to taste, adding more salt or pepper as desired.


  • Potatoes – if you want to sub out the potatoes, you can use russet or Idaho potatoes.
  • Add roasted garlic or chives for extra flavor.
  • Try using different herbs like thyme or rosemary in place of garlic.
  • Add in different vegetables like cooked cauliflower or parsnips for a twist on classic mashed potatoes.
  • Dairy Free – replace the milk for dairy free milk and swap the sour cream for this dairy-free heavy cream.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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These healthy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and much lighter than traditional mashed potatoes, and taste so darn good! The perfect side dish at any holiday.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 cup


  • 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed, 4 medium
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, sub vegetable broth for vegetarian
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • 1 tbsp whipped butter
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh herbs such as parsley, thyme or chives


  • Put the potatoes and garlic in a large pot with salt and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain and return potatoes and garlic to pan over low heat. Add sour cream and remaining ingredients. Using a masher, mash until smooth and if it's too watery, let it cook a few minutes until the texture is perfect.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Serving: 3 /4 cup, Calories: 165 kcal, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 9 mg, Sodium: 112.5 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g