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Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes, made with roasted garlic, fresh herbs, and gold potatoes, are an easy side dish recipe perfect for dinner!

Garlic herb mashed potatoes in a white bowl.

Who doesn’t love some really good mashed potatoes? They’re basically the perfect side dish recipe that you can enjoy at dinner time! Can you imagine how good these roasted garlic mashed potatoes would taste next to a perfectly cooked prime rib roast? How about along side some homemade chicken parmesan? How about with some Creamy Garlic Pork Marsala. Yeah. I thought you’d agree!

There are a few tips and tricks to making the most flavorful, creamy, downright delicious mashed potatoes, and I’ll share all my secrets!

How do you roast garlic?

For this recipe, I add whole cloves of roasted garlic. Adding raw garlic to a side dish recipe like mashed potatoes can be too intense. Roasting garlic not only softens the texture, but it mellows the flavor and makes it a welcome addition to so many dishes.

There are many ways to roast garlic, but I’ll share how I do it. Instead of using a head of garlic with the papery shell, I buy a big bag of peeled garlic.

I line a baking dish with parchment, add as much garlic as I think I can consume over the span of a few weeks, then drizzle some olive oil on top. I roast this in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes while stirring every 10 minutes or so.

Roasted garlic can go from perfectly golden to burnt in a matter of minutes, so be sure to keep an eye on it.

What herbs taste best with mashed potatoes?

I’m a huge fan of fresh basil, so that is my most recommended herb. When you’re cooking potatoes, you can’t go wrong with fresh chives either.

Other herbs that I like to add to my mashed potatoes, but use more sparingly, are rosemary, oregano, parsley, and sometimes a bit of sage.

When adding fresh herbs to recipes like garlic mashed potatoes, it’s more of a matter of personal preference.

A close up photo of garlic herb mashed potatoes.

How to make the most delicious creamy roasted garlic herb mashed potatoes:

  • I love to cook potatoes in broth. For this particular recipe, I used beef broth but you can use any kind that you like.
  • Cooking potatoes in the Instant Pot is my preferred method. Not only is it the quickest way to make mashed potatoes, but I find that it makes them super soft and moist. You can also steam them on the stove top if you don’t have a pressure cooker.
  • I’ve found that equal portions of butter and cream cheese make the creamiest mashed potatoes. If you haven’t tried it, you must!

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Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

5 from 2 votes
Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes, made with roasted garlic, fresh herbs, and gold potatoes, are an easy side dish recipe perfect for dinner!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 pounds gold potatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp roasted garlic
  • 4 tbsp fresh herbs minced (basil, chives, rosemary, oregano, etc)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper


  • Clean potatoes and cut into 1-inch sized pieces. Cook in covered pot over medium heat in broth until very tender, about 30-40 minutes. Alternatively, cook on high pressure in electric pressure cooker for 12 minutes.
  • Add cream cheese, butter, roasted garlic, herbs, salt and pepper to cooked potatoes and mash together until well blended. Add additional salt and pepper, if needed.


Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 973mgPotassium: 695mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 580IUVitamin C: 22.3mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 5.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. How do you cook 2 lbs. of cut up potatoes “in broth” when the recipe only calls for one cup of broth? Are we steaming these in a steamer basket over the broth or what? Exceedingly frustrating recipe because it makes no sense, so I will do my best to work around.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! My husband and kids couldn’t get enough! I used jarred roasted garlic because it was last minute. I imagine it is even better with fresh roasted garlic, but I can’t imagine it any better!