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A pot of mashed red potatoes garnished with butter and parsley.

Mashed Red Potatoes

These mashed red potatoes are tender potatoes combined with garlic, butter and seasonings to make a simple yet totally satisfying side dish. Pair your mashed potatoes with roasted chicken, steak or seafood and watch the rave reviews come in!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 308kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 4 pounds red potatoes cut into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter I use salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream warmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes and cook for 20 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain the potatoes.
  • In the potato pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 45 seconds, stirring continuously. Stir in the cream.
  • Return the potatoes to the pot.
  • Mash the potatoes until they're creamy and mostly. Stir in the salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve immediately.



  1. The easiest way to mash potatoes is with a potato masher. If you want super smooth potatoes, you can also try using a potato ricer, be sure to peel your potatoes if this is your goal. Another alternative is you can beat your potatoes with a hand mixer.
  2. Be sure not to mash your potatoes in the food processor. If you try it that way, you’ll end up with gluey potatoes that aren’t pleasant to eat.
  3. Cut your potatoes into similar sized pieces so they cook evenly.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 774mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 633IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg