Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes are packed full of flavor. They are a great side dish to any meal and are loved by all.

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes are the perfect side to your holiday ham, turkey, or really any meal! Green Bean Casserole is another fav side that pairs perfectly with these mouth-watering potatoes!

Garlic mashed red potatoes served in a white casserole dish

My delicious addiction

Why do potatoes have to be so stinkin’ delicious?!

When making a nice meal for our family (like Sunday dinner or a special occasion or a holiday), potatoes HAVE to be included because everyone loves them.

We have loads of go-to potato dishes, but we love trying out new ones like today’s recipe for Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes.

We’ve been fans of red potatoes for a long time, so we were bound to try a mashed potato version. We usually use Russet potatoes for this, but red potatoes are so good mashed, I may never go back!! 😉

You can adjust the ingredients to match your taste buds but we thought they were perfect served with some chicken for dinner. Add some rolls and you have the perfect Sunday meal (perhaps with a few healthy items like fruit and carrots). 😉

Bottom line, we hope you like these Garlic Mashed Potatoes as much as we do.

How to Make mashed Red potatoes

COOK POTATOES. Place potatoes and garlic in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes (or until potatoes are tender). Drain potatoes and place back in a pot.

SEASON. Add butter, half and half, garlic salt and pepper. Blend with hand mixer until it’s the consistency you like.

SERVE. Stir in cheese and top with fresh parsley. ENJOY!

make it in the slow cooker:

It’s very simple. Just follow these directions to make them in the crock pot:

  1. Cut the potatoes into small cubes, about 1 inch.
  2. Add in your seasonings and enough liquid to cover the potatoes to cook for 4-5 hours on high.
  3. After the potatoes are nice and tender, drain excess liquid.
  4. Turn the pot to warm and then add in the warmed dairy.
  5. Once everything is added in you can mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
Diced potatoes for garlic mashed red potatoes

Tips + Toppings

Recipe Tips

  • No need to peel red potatoes, just make sure to scrub the skins clean. Also, cut out any browned spots that you find.
  • Cut the potatoes the same size and not too small. 
  • Add in sour cream or cream cheese to give it a creamier texture.  
  • Half and Half substitute: If you have heavy cream you can mix ¾ milk and ¼ c heavy cream. Whole milk is not quite as creamy as half and half, but can be used in a pinch.
  • Don’t add the liquid all at once. Allow the potatoes to soak up some of the liquid before adding more.
  • Over mixing the potatoes will cause them to become gluey.

Toppings Ideas:

Making garlic mashed red potatoes in a pot


How to freeze? Since the potatoes are fully cooked, they can be frozen. I like to freeze them in individual portions.

Use an ice cream scoop and place each mound of potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place them in the freezer, once solid. Transfer place the solid potato ball in a fold top sandwich bag. Store the bags together in a freezer safe container.

How to reheat? Place in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes or until hot. 

How to make ahead of time? Make ahead and STORE it covered in the fridge. Heat before serving. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Garlic mashed red potatoes served in a white bowl and garnished with parsley

For more red potato recipes, check out:

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Creamy Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes are packed full of flavor. They are a perfectly savory side dish to any meal!!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 65 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 8 medium red potatoes quartered
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ¾ – 1 cup half and half warmed
  • 1 – 2 tsp garlic salt (with parsley flakes) with parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • fresh parsley (optional)


  • Place potatoes and garlic in a large pot and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes (or until potatoes are tender).
  • Drain potatoes and place them back in a pot.
  • Add butter, half and half, garlic salt, and pepper. Blend with a hand mixer until it's the consistency you like.
  • Stir in cheese and top with fresh parsley. ENJOY!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for posting this delicious recipe! My family devoured them and have requested these almost every day.

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love these potatoes! I feel like I have been searching forever for a great potato recipe and I’m so glad I have finally found it-thanks so much! 🙂

  3. Recipes look good I think I’m going to try a couple of them I will let you know how I make out take care bye

  4. 5 stars
    I actually think mashed potatoes made with red potatoes are really good. Never have tried them but thought they were very tasty.

  5. 5 stars
    I made these last night and they were incredible. The only thing I am upset about is we don’t have any leftovers! My kids ate so much!

  6. 5 stars
    A bit of a Different texture than regular mashed potatoes, but that was expected. They are very delicious and I loved the garlic flavor in them.