There's something truly magical about a bowl of perfectly whipped, creamy mashed potatoes. Whether served alongside a hearty roast or as a comforting side dish, mashed potatoes have the power to elevate any meal. This recipe for Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes is a surefire way to impress your guests and satisfy your comfort food cravings.
4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
1 cup whole milk, warmed
4 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chopped fresh chives (optional, for garnish)
Boil the Potatoes:
Place the peeled and chopped potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water.
Add a generous pinch of salt to the water.
Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and cook the potatoes until fork-tender (about 15-20 minutes).
Prepare the Garlic Butter:
While the potatoes are cooking, melt 1/2 cup of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Add the minced garlic to the melted butter and sauté until fragrant but not browned (about 2-3 minutes).
Remove from heat and set aside.
Drain and Mash:
Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them well and return them to the pot.
Mash the potatoes using a potato masher or a ricer for a smoother texture.
4. Add the Goodness:
Incorporate the remaining 1/2 cup of softened butter into the mashed potatoes.
Gradually pour in the warm milk, stirring continuously to achieve a creamy consistency.
Pour in the garlic-infused butter, ensuring an even distribution of garlic throughout the potatoes.
Season generously with salt and pepper, adjusting to taste.
5. Whip It Good:
For an extra velvety texture, use a hand mixer or stand mixer on low speed to whip the potatoes until smooth and creamy.
6. Serve and Garnish:
Transfer the creamy garlic mashed potatoes to a serving bowl.
Garnish with chopped fresh chives for a burst of color and added flavor.
Serve the mashed potatoes hot, alongside your favorite main dish, and savor the rich, creamy goodness.
With this Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe, you're sure to create a side dish that steals the spotlight. The combination of buttery Yukon Gold potatoes, fragrant garlic, and velvety texture will make these mashed potatoes a family favorite and a must-have at your next gathering. Enjoy the ultimate comfort food delight!