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Buttery Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes

One of my favorite home made side dishes that I do not make enough is mashed potatoes! Often I’ll use a pack of instant potatoes because they’re actually pretty good, and super quick and easy to make. But it never compares to the real thing – and if you think about it, it’s definitely cheaper per ounce to make it yourself!
Buttery Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes
Buttery Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes

My favorite way to make them is with lots of butter, a bit of fresh garlic and chives! It has so much good flavor, and definitely makes me think about home, and the holidays. Even in the middle of summer!

Buttery Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes

This side, as I’m sure it does most of you, takes me back to my childhood where my mom would often make us mashed potatoes. While her recipe was a little different, I’ve kept it pretty similiar with the addition of using fresh garlic and chives. It’s definitely a comfort food to me!
Buttery Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes


The Smaller They’re Cut, The Quicker They Cook.

One thing I’ve learned about boiling potatoes, is that they can take FOREVER if they’re cut too big. It used to take me almost 45 minutes to boil potatoes that were halved into something that I could easily mash up. I’ve noticed that keeping them cut into smaller cubes gets them boiled through a lot faster.

It make take an extra 5 minutes in prep, but it’ll save you 20 in cooking!

Buttery Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes


Mash By Hand Or Machine?

I like a chunkier mashed potato, and I find that if I mash my potatoes by hand I can get the texture that I like. If you like a creamier texture then I definitely suggest using an Electric Hand Mixer. It comes out with a nice even consistency, plus it gets done faster. It’s all up to you!

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On To The Recipe

Buttery Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Classic mashed potatoes with a garlic infused butter and fresh chopped chives. Amazing flavor and texture that will make you think your mother made it!
Print Recipe


  • 2 lbs russet potatoes
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper


  • Peel and chop your potatoes into about 1 inch cubes
  • As you're chopping, place the chopped potatoes in to a pot of 6 quarts of water
  • Once done chopping, place the pot on medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for about 20 minutes, or until you can easily sink a fork into a potato cube.
  • Strain and place into a boil.
  • Melt your butter in a pan at medium heat with some minced garlic. Saute the garlic until the butter is completely melted. This shouldn't take any longer than 2 minutes/
  • Begin to mash your potatoes with a fork
  • Once You have your potatoes lightly broken down add you garlic butter. Mix it in while mashing with a fork.
  • Add the milk. Mix again while mashing with a fork.
  • Chop your chives, then mix and mash one more time, until you're at the consistency that you like for your potatoes!
  • Serve with your favorite man dish and enjoy!


Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!