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Course: Sides & Salads
Keyword: Comfort Food, Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Gluten-Free, Holidays, Sides, Thanksgiving

Parmesan-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
Add pizzaz to your holiday mashed potatoes with this Parmesan-garlic variation. The secret to this velvety smooth puree? Half and half...and lots of it.
This recipe first appeared on Food Network.com.
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 3 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 16 fluid ounces (2 cups) half and half
  • 6 ounces grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper, plus extra for serving
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes
Yield: 10 to 12 servings


  • Peel and dice potatoes, making sure all are relatively the same size. Place in a 6 to 7 quart heavy pot or dutch oven, add the salt, and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until potatoes fall apart when poked with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • While the potatoes cook, melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. Add the garlic and gently simmer until garlic is golden and fragrant, about 15 minutes.
  • Heat the half and half in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander or mesh strainer then return to the pot and the heat. Toss and shake gently for 1 minute to cook off any surface moisture, then remove from heat.
  • Pour all of the garlic butter and the parmesan, followed by a quarter of the half and half. Begin folding gently with a rubber spatula, adding the half and half bit by bit as you go until it is all incorporated. Next, blend the potatoes with a hand held mixer until mostly smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Take care to not over blend as they will become gummy. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken. Serve with additional parmesan and white pepper, if desired.
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