7 Gourmet Garlic Mashed Potato Recipes That Put a Fancy Spin on Dinner

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto

 Minimalist Baker

'Tis the season for carbs, slow cookers, and instant pots. Unlike pumpkin or peppermint, potatoes aren't seasonal, meaning you can enjoy them all year-round in various forms. For instance, in the summer, we'll definitely enjoy a creamy potato salad, and in the winter, we're down for a piping hot potato casserole. Our favorite season for potatoes, though, is fall because nothing signals the holidays are among us like a bowl of garlic mashed potatoes.

Whether you're a fan of the classic version of this comfort food or you prefer something thrown in the crock-pot to take things to the next level, the right garlic mashed potato recipes will never let you down. 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 to discover all the variations out there, from a simple garlic mash to burrata smashed potatoes. 

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Carlsbad Cravings

If you're ready to taste something a little different from the light, airy, and fluffy version you're used to, try out this unique slow cooker recipe from Carlsbad Cravings. The slow cooker will do all the heavy lifting so that you can enjoy this dish in all its creamy texture and garlicky glory without doing too much prep. They're made with red potatoes (skin on or peels, depending on your preferences), butter, sour cream, and a touch of paprika, which offers a subtle kick.

Herbed Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes
Minimalist Baker

These potatoes from Minimalist Baker are smashed rather than mashed, which gives them an automatic cool factor. All you have to 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. The lemon juice adds a subtle citrusy note, making this one of our favorite sauces to date.

If trying to reduce fat in the pesto sauce, thin it with water instead of additional oil. Plus, the thinner the sauce is, the easier it is to drizzle on the potatoes when they're done cooking.

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 is this recipe from Food Faith Fitness super easy to execute, but it also dials back the carb intake by a lot while loading up the garlic. The best part? It's only six ingredients: garlic, olive oil, cauliflower, dairy-free cream cheese, salt, and pepper.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potato Gratin
Spoon Fork Bacon

The only thing that gives garlic a run for its money is cheese. This Spoon Fork Bacon recipe may technically be a side dish, but after one helping, you will definitely want seconds and may be too full for the main dish. The star ingredients? Cheddar cheese and potato chips. We can't think of a more American dish that this flavorful side.

Garlicky Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

The First Mess

If you're vegan, bookmark this mashed potato recipe from The First Mess. You'll find the usual suspects like potatoes, roasted garlic, chives, salt, and pepper in this dish, but this time you'll be using almond milk and vegan butter. It's simple and delicious. 

Smashed Potatoes With Burrata

How Sweet Eats

We've already admitted how much we love cheese and these smashed potatoes topped with creamy burrata fuels our fire. Roast the potatoes until they're crispy on the outside and then spoon a small heap of chilled burrata right on top. After a few seconds, the cheese melts into the potatoes, and the result is absolute heaven.

Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Healthy Mashed Potatoes
Root + Revel

These mashed potatoes from Root + Revel come from a highly innovative recipe that's perfect for anyone looking for a healthy alternative that supports beautiful skin and requires minimal effort to make. Generally, we don't think "health" when cooking potato dishes, but this one is low in fat and high in fiber. It is also full of collagen protein and vitamins C, B, and K.

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