7 Mouthwatering Garlic Mashed Potato Recipes for the Holidays

'Tis the season for carbs, slow cookers, and instant pots. But let's get the hard part out of the way first. Before you click away and shun me forever, hear me out: I really, really don't like potatoes, especially mashed potatoes. I realize this is a highly unpopular opinion, and believe me, I wish it weren't true. While I'd happily devour any other carb under the sun, I dislike this one so much I gag in its presence, with two exceptions that my genius mother discovered early on to trick me into eating them: The recipe needs to include wasabi or garlic. These secret ingredients won me over instantly. And while the former is a bit niche, it's pretty hard to find someone who doesn't love garlic mashed potatoes.

Whether you're a fan of the classic version of this comfort food or you prefer something thrown in the crockpot to take things to the next level, the right garlic mashed potato recipes will never let you down. With this in mind and with the holidays coming up quickly, we rounded up seven mouthwatering garlic mashed potato recipes to serve whenever you're craving something delicious that won't be too difficult to whip up. Scroll through to discover all the variations out there, from a simple garlic mash potato recipe to garlicky burrata smashed potatoes, a garlic potato gratin, and even a healthy cauliflower alternative.

For the Tired Chef: Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Carlsbad Cravings

If you're ready to try something a little different from the light, airy, and fluffy version you're used to and you resent tedious kitchen duties like peeling, you've met your mashed potato mash. The slow cooker will do all the heavy lifting for you so you can enjoy this dish in all its creamy texture and garlicky glory without as much time or energy expended.

For Creative Cook: Herbed Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes
Minimalist Baker

These potatoes are smashed rather than mashed, which gives them an automatic cool factor if you're entertaining guests for dinner. All you do is boil the potatoes, smash them with a spoon, and then roast them. But the sauce is where things get interesting. It's a creamy, garlicky, herby pesto that also happens to be vegan.

For the Health Guru: Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower
Food Faith Fitness

When you're looking for a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes that still delivers the bliss and comfort you'd expect from the classics, opt for mashed cauliflower. Not only are they super easy to make, but they also dial back the carb intake by a lot while loading up the garlic.

For the Comfort Seeker: Cheesy Mashed Potato Gratin

Mashed Potato Gratin Recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon

The only thing that gives garlic a run for its money is cheese. And this mashed potato gratin has both, so it's an instant winner. Plus, it's topped with crunchy croutons for a contrasting texture, which keeps things interesting and delicious.

For the Vegan: Garlicky Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

The First Mess

If you're vegan or often cook for someone who is, you'll want to bookmark this mashed potato recipe. You'll find the usual suspects like potatoes, roasted garlic, chives, salt, and pepper, but this time you'll be using almond milk and vegan butter. Simply delicious. 

For the Ambitious Foodie: Smashed Potatoes With Buratta

How Sweet Eats

Fine—I'll admit that these are some drool-worthy potatoes. If you liked the creative edge of the vegan smashed potatoes and the indulgent deliciousness of cheesy gratin, here's your happy medium. You've got the gourmet technique, the foodie flavors, and the classic comfort of each.

For the Busy Beauty: Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Healthy Mashed Potatoes
Root and Revel

These mashed potatoes come from a highly innovative recipe that's perfect for anyone who is looking for a healthy alternative that supports beautiful skin and requires minimal cooking effort. Though it calls for potatoes, there are fewer in this recipe than most, while the rest are replaced with cauliflower and collagen.

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