Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Hi folks. Today is my first time participating in the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE hosted by the lovely Tina over at Mom’s Crazy Cooking. My goodness is this woman patient. I must have asked a gazillion questions and she always replied and was kind to me, no matter how blonde I seemed to be. I also got organized super late then had a panic attack over the post and emailed her in the final hours. She took it all in stride. True mark of greatness when you can handle a crazy lunatic like me and not lose your own mind.

So I decided to make Steamy Kitchen‘s Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. I am a huge FAN of Jaden’s. Let me tell ya a little something about Jaden. The woman is a total goddess, drop dead gorgeous and unbelievably humble and kind hearted. When I first started blogging I was so incredibly clueless. I mean I had seen a blog post once before diving into this. After some time someone gave me an award. So me being me, I included Jaden on my list of those to pass it to. I had no idea she was a superstar. I did not understand the world of blogging….like at all. Seriously, blonde to the core people. So I sent Jaden an email telling her how I was bestowing this lovely award on her. Afterwards I realized someone who’s been on The Today Show and The Early Show and has her own cookbook is probably not overwhelmed at getting a blog award by a little old newbie like me. Here’s the kicker folks. She emailed me back personally. Not a rep, not a mass do not disturb email. A real email from a super kind lady. She was so incredibly sweet to me. I was forever touched by her kindness. Alot of bigger bloggers would not have acknowledged it or been so gracious. Every now and then Jaden pops by my blog to leave a comment and I still get all gushy and doe-eyed when she stops by. She really is amazing. See….total gush just talking about her. I read her blog consistently and always love how fun her posts are, how she welcomes us into her world and makes you feel right at home. I get the feeling Jaden is the kind of gal that moments after meeting her you’d probably be curled up on her couch with her having a glass of wine, or a beer with your feet on the coffee table and gabbing about food and kids and dogs like old friends. For me I like that. I like to read a blog that pulls you in and let’s you be part of their world. So this post is for Jaden, the gracious chick who made me feel okay about being a giant dork.

So now on to the recipe. When I heard the subject of this one I was super excited. I love me some mashed taters folks. Like I could just stand at the stove and eat them right out of the pot. Not that I did that. Not that I had twenty spoons laying in the sink by the time I was done. (hey just cuz I’m an oinker does not mean I am okay with germs people! I have standards. They’re low, but gosh darn it they’re there!) Not that I had to make a second batch cuz I ate them all before I took the photos or anything. Nah, that would never happen. And I most certainly am not responsible for the mashed potatoes on the fridge handle (gotta have pepsi to wash it down) or the butter container (who eat mashed taters without butter people?) or the camera (absolutely no proof that was me), or the laptop keys (if something like this ever happens to you keep in mind it costs about a gazillion dollars to get mashed taters outta your laptop) or the dog (I can’t even explain that one!)!!! So I like mashed potatoes, I mean who doesn’t right?!



First you need to roast garlic! (I would suggest going to Jaden’s blog, she takes WAY better pictures than I do!)










1 head garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 medium russet potatoes, Jaden suggests leaving the skins on but mini-me would have a cow if I did
3-4 tablespoons butter
1/4 to 1/2 milk or heavy cream (I used heavy cream as I’ve never tried it in taters before)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon minced fresh chives


Make sure you roasted garlic is ready to rock n roll.

Peel your potatoes. (or not if you are not mini-me’s mama)

Fill a pot with water and place potatoes inside. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 to 25 minutes over medium heat.

Drain potatoes.

For the creamy potatoes, place 4 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup heavy cream, salt and roasted garlic in a pot and turn burner on low heat. Jaden suggests using a potato ricer to do them, I sadly do not have a potato ricer so I just mixed with a mixer. I know, I know, overmixing is bad, but again mini-me would have a cow if there are lumps. So I mix. Even though Jaden said not to. *I need a ricer stat*

Taste them and determine whether you need more milk or butter or salt.

Now toss on the chives. They are super yummy in potatoes and I have to thank Miss Jaden for turning me on to chives on mashies. Super yum!


Toodles and smoochies.xx

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  1. 1
    Torviewtoronto says:

    looks delicious lovely presentation Kim

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    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family says:

    Garlic and potatoes should have a permanent home together as they are so perfect for each other. Might only be better if the lunatic had put them on pizza…what do you think Kim?

  3. 3

    Roasting garlic is still something I want to try. I'll bet it's great in mashed potatoes.

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    Dee at Deelicious Sweets says:

    I love that you're such a dork! You always make me giggle :) These look so good and I would never take samples from mashed taters like that!

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    ButterYum says:

    Great photos! Love your mashed potato pick. I hope you'll stop by to see my CCC entry. Until next month!!


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    D @ The Shady Porch says:

    Visiting from the Challenge #63 – Love your blog name and your presentation! Yummm! Roasted garlic! Your photos are nice…I'm trying to improve my pic skills.

  7. 7

    Garlic and potatoes, a perfect combination.

    If you haven't already I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

    Cook Lisa Cook

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    claudia @whats cookin says:

    Cant go wrong with garlic taters yum!

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    Miz Helen says:

    Great presentation for your awesome dish. Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen

  10. 10

    There are some serious heads of garlic in these potatoes… wow! Love that combo though — these do look great.

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    Wow – this looks amazing! I like the roasted garlic done before the potatoes…delicious! I agree – I always "mashed" my potatoes, but once I got a ricer, I never looked back! Absolutely worth the time & $$$ to go get one! You'll love it!

  12. 12

    Lovely presentation ;) I guess adding cream makes it much more creamier and tastier :D

  13. 13

    @Torviewtoronto- Thank you so much!

    @Rachel- OMG you are a total genius! I wonder if I could figure out how to do this. *puts her thinking cap on, warns everyone to back away while the thinking happens*

    @Curt- Oh man once you try it you'll want it on everything. I'd put it on cereal if I ever ate breakfast. Lol. It's super good on bread like a spread. Getting hungry just thinking about it.

    @Dee- Pfft, I have video of you sneaking taters I swear! I love that I'm a giant dork too. I also love that your a dork too and totally get me. Lol!

    @Butteryum- Thank you. I have set aside a couple hours tomorrow to try to hit everyone on the list. Not literally, cuz slapping people is wrong. I was doing redesigns today and my head hurts.

    @Lisa- Thanks so much. I shall definitely be visiting everyone tomorrow. I can't wait to see everyone's creations. This was so much fun.

    @The Shady Porch- Thank you. Will stop by and say hi tomorrow. Photography is rough. I have the crappiest camera on the face of the planet though so trust me there is hope. Buy plate to pixel, it's a huge help!

    @Claudia- Thanks so much. Super good.

    @Miz Helen- Thank you so much my dear. I am super excited to see yours. Will be visiting tomorrow to see what masterpiece you've created. This was so much fun.

    @Snowhite- Thanks. I love me some garlic. They look big but we're teeny tiny. I like elephant garlic but it's hard to find here.

    @Ann- Thanks my dear. These were so good. I made extra roasted garlic and it's already gone. I swear I should just do a dozen at a time. I think I need to put a ricer on my xmas list. If Santa visits this year. I might have been too naughty. lol

    @anne- Thanks. I was worried about the cream. Thought it would be too sweet. But it was so good.

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    East9thStreet says:

    Great minds think alike, we picked the same recipe and sounds like we made the same mess, only my hand was on a diet pepsi can…lol! Visiting from #72. :)

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    Your new header is great!!! How wonderful your talented son could do this for you :) And great story about Jaden…what a nice gal…I've just become even a bigger fan :) Your mashed potatoes look excellent…and I'm glad you weren't double dipping ;)

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    Lesa @Edesia's Notebook says:

    Yum, I love roasted garlic. I bet it would be divine in mashed potatoes. And your presentation is just lovely! (I seriously need to take a class on garnishing or something!)

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    Jill @ A Cook's Nook says:

    I love your comment about germs (I have the same issue!). Roasted garlic makes everything better & your pictures make me want to dig in! Just lovely :)

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    savoryandsavage says:

    *Drool* I LOVE mashed potatoes and yours look sooo creamy. I bookmarked this recipe – I can't wait to make it!

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    Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) says:

    Love the roasted garlic addition here. Great photo too!! YUM….

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    Teri@thefreshmancook says:

    Love the roasted garlic, and the entire recipe! I am looking forward to making this!

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    The Mom Chef says:

    How bad is it that I don't know who Jaden is. I read so many food blogs but have never run across hers before. I guess I'll pop over there next. I admit to being a big mashed potato fan as well. I think the idea of roasted garlic in there is purely swoonable.

  22. 22

    I like to eat roasted garlic. I like to eat garlic with potatoes or roasted chicken breast.

  23. 23

    Aww I love that first photo with the chives shooting out! Creative presentation. I have never roasted garlic before… I need to get on it :)

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious says:

    Oooh yummy!! Great photos Kim!

  25. 25

    Great recipe choice! Love the images of the garlic!

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    janet@cupcakestocaviar says:

    These look great Kim! I LOVE love love garlic mashed taters and yours look heavenly. Now back away from that Pepsi and grab a Coke instead! I'm the older twin… you gotta listen to me!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets says:

    Aw! She sounds so lovely! I felt the same way when Melissa D'Arabian from the Food Network popped by my blog and left a comment one time. Super nice!

  28. 28 says:

    the addition of roasted garlic is one I must try :)

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    Jill Colonna says:

    You are too funny. Loved the giggle over the pretty garlic roasting, looking kinda horsey! Well done, great post.

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    Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    My first month too! And you are too funny love how you write. Roasted garlic is the best and it would really highlight mashed potatoes. They look awesome!

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    Cassie//Bake Your Day says:

    These sound amazing! I have absolutely loved seeing all of these mashed potato recipes this week. My heart is in heaven. I love potatoes and I love roasted garlic. YUM!

  32. 32
    Russell at Chasing Delicious says:

    What a lovely presentation for mashed potatoes! never thought of anything like that. Loving all the flavors too.

  33. 33

    I am not sure if it's scary or funny that I completely understand about getting mashed potatoes in strange places when making and tasting them. I am sort of like the guy in Green Eggs and Ham "I would eat them on a boat and with a goat and in the rain and on a train, in the house and with a mouse….."

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    rebecca @ beurrista says:

    I had to stop by and leave a comment- first of all, I'm your neighbor (#66).

    Second, I love how you styled your potatoes- and may I say, your pictures are wonderful!

    My family loves them some mashed taters too. And they love garlic, so I might have to roast some up and try this recipe out. Loved what you said about Jaden as well.

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    Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    PEPSI and mashed potatoes? HA! That's a new one to me :) These look delicious…how could you possibly go wrong with all that roasted garlic??

  36. 36
    movita beaucoup says:


    movita beaucoup

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    The more garlic the better! Love garlic potatoes, but I've never tried roasting the garlic like this first! I am going to try it next time because I bet it'a amazing!

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    Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen says:

    Awww, this post made me smile! Jaden is one of the nicest people I've ever met. I got to spend some time with her at a blogging conference over the summer, and she was so generous and helpful. In fact, she gave me a shout-out on her blog yesterday (she featured my stuffed cabbage rolls), and I totally got that "doe-eyed and gushy" feeling you described. She's the best!

    Also, I love roasted garlic. And potatoes. :)

  39. 39

    Those really do look like amazing mashed potatoes! No need to panic, you did a great job.

  40. 40

    I think you're pictures are great! They make me hungry.

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    Amy Cardenas says:

    Yummy!!!! Never knew that you could do that with the garlic (I am a cooking newbie!!!). I am going to try these!!!!

  42. 42

    These mashed potatoes sound awesome!

  43. 43

    Gawrsh!! A gazillion mash pictures!! Now how could I have missed this post? I'd probably have to roast a whole bunch of garlic for this. They won't ever get into the mash, I'd pop them straight into my mouth … loooove roasted garlic. No kissy kissy after.

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    Cooking with Tammi says:

    God Bless you I love the way you write up your recipes. and this looks amazing.

  45. 45

    I love mashed potatoes and I love garlic, the two together must taste great! what a lovely recipe

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    @East9th- Oh so cool. Not sure if I visited you so off to peek in now.

    @Lizzy- Thanks. I really had fun redesigning. Jaden is a rock star. Love her to bits.

    @Lesa- Thanks so much. I have trouble with garnishing as well. I keep considering taking some classes myself.

    @Jill- Lol, glad I'm not the only one. And thank you.

    @savoryandsavage- Thank you so much. I hope you like these. Jaden is a genius.

    @Becka= Thank you so much!

    @Teri- Thanks you!Hope you like it.

    @The Mom Chef- You must try this and you must visit Jaden. She rocks. Love her to bits.

    @Elena- Great combo!

    @Desi- Thanks. This sure is yummy.

    @Lindsey- Thanks so much!

    @Jennifer- Thank you!

    @Janet- Lol, never woman. No coke ever, I might die if I try it. Lol!And thank you twin!

    @Jen- Wow I'd be on the floor in a heap if she stopped by mine. Pass out city.

    @tandy- Thank you1

    @Jill- Lol, the joy of having a horse is making everything look like one. Wait till you see what we do for xmas in her honor. Lol!

    @Cheap- Thanks. This group is fun. Looking forward to the coming month in a big bad way.

    @Cassie- Thanks. I know how you feel. Love me some mashed potatoes.

    @Russell- Thanks, I am loving that you like it.

    @Kristen- Lol, that cracked me right up.

    @Rebeccca- Thank you so much neighbour. I love playing with food. I also love playing with the camera. So this one was a hoot.

    @Anna- Roasted garlic makes everything rock!

    @Movita- Lol, GLAD YOU LIKE THEM!

    @Stephanie- So yummy, hope you love them.

    @Tori- You are so lucky. I would love to meet Jaden. I would love to meet you. I would love to meet you with Jaden. We should all have lunch! Lol!

    @Carolyn- You are so sweet, thank you!

    @UDG- Thanks!

    @Amy- You will love these!

    @Marla- Thanks!

    @Ping- Lol, you are too funny.

    @Cooking with Tammi- Aw, thanks so much.

    @Irina- Thank you so much.

  47. 47
    Quirky Jessi says:

    The story about Jaden makes me giggle and grin. I left a really well-thought out comment on Dooce long ago….after she was really big, but before that became a bad thing. I had no idea who she was at the time (and if you don't, she was one of the original big celebrity blog names). I didn't get any personal response, but I do remember feeling silly, realizing not long after how big of a deal she was, and how all the nice things I said had probably already been heard a thousand times over, ha.

    As for Steamy Kitchen/Jaden, she's so awesome. She seems really sincere and I'm happy to see a personal recount backing that up. <3

    Oh right, and as for the garlic, yum!!! :D

  48. 48

    @Quirky Jessi- I had never heard of dooce. I read my first blog about a month before I started mine this year. I am so out of the loop with stuff. She is really sweet. I remember being so floored she emailed me back. She is a cool lady. Would love to meet her someday. And thanks. Lol!


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