Alton’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are delicious enough to stand on their own with all of that garlicky goodness but will also pair beautifully with my mom’s turkey gravy!

They can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator if you plan to use them for a Thanksgiving dinner. Simply reheat for an hour or two in a warm oven.

Total time: 1 hour

Servings: 9-11 servings


  • 3.5 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced ( I used Yukon gold, but any potato will do)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 oz grated parmesan

Step 1. Grab a buddy and peel all your potatoes.

Step 2. Dice your potatoes. I’m obsessed with my vegetable chopper. It makes quick work of dicing, and everything comes out the same size for even cooking. Dicing them to this size also makes them cook a little faster.

Step 3. Place potatoes and salt in a large saucepan of water (I love my Caraway set!), add enough water to cover the potatoes, and set it to a low boil. This is my favorite salt; it’s healthier than most table salts and tastes better too. My gold measuring spoons make me feel like a fancy chef. The entire set is magnetic and makes an otherwise dull drawer full of utensils look a bit more upscale.

Step 4. Fresh garlic is a must for these potatoes, so do yourself a favor and get one of these rolling garlic peelers. It took me less than a minute to completely peel 6 cloves of garlic.

Step 5. Chop all your garlic. I used a garlic press, and now I’ve got 5 extra minutes to spend doing something other than cooking mashed potatoes.

Step 6. Pour your half & half into a saucepan, add your garlic, and heat it up until it’s simmering. Remove from heat and set it aside.

Step 7. After your potatoes are cooked until they fall apart when poked, drain the water. The strainer I’m using clips directly onto my saucepan. No potato left behind.

Step 8. Add the garlic/half & half mixture and the parmesan cheese to the potatoes. Mix everything together with a potato masher until you like the consistency. Garnish your mashed potatoes with fresh chopped parsley.

Step 9. Make this your new favorite mashed potato recipe!

Are you interested in other Thanksgiving recipes or need ideas? If so, I created a complete guide on hosting a Friendsgiving / Thanksgiving dinner party. Click this link, and I’ll email you a copy!



credit: Alton Brown Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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