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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe – a simple and cheesy side dish. With our tips to make your potatoes fluffy, not pasty, we are sure you will LOVE this Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

top view of mashed potatoes recipe in a pot

Our Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Today I want to share my Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe because, at my house, mashed potatoes are revered as the utmost decadent comfort food.

Since they are so rich, I don’t make them often. So when I do, I take careful precautions to make sure my potatoes are just right. 

I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of sitting down to a highly anticipated meal with a heaping portion of creamy potatoes, only to find them gummy and lackluster.

What a waste of potatoes and butter!

single serving of this mashed potatoes recipe

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

We believe the best mashed potatoes always include cheese and garlic, and always have a fluffy texture.

These cheesy mashed potatoes are rich, herbaceous, and inviting.

You can make garlic mashed potatoes on the stovetop alone, or pop them in the oven so they puff into potato clouds.

Ready to get started?

With just a few tips, you too can make perfect buttery fluffy potatoes every time.

Chopped up potatoes in a pot ready to boil and become tender

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yukon gold potatoes – or russet potatoes
  • Garlic cloves
  • Unsalted butter
  • Half & half
  • Fontina cheese – Can’t find fontina cheese? Use any easy-melting cheese you like!
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chives – for garnishing

What Equipment You Will Need:

  • Large Pot
  • Peeler 
  • Knife 
  • Drainer 
  • Potato Masher (Or Electric Mixer)
  • Microwave-Safe Bowl
  • Spoon

Then if you want to bake it, you will need a large sauté pan (like a cast iron skillet) or ceramic baking dish to use in the oven.

Top view of these freshly mashed potatoes

How To Make The Best Mashed Potatoes Ever

1. Use the right kind of potatoes. I suggest going with a starchy buttery-flavored potato like Yukon Golds. Using potatoes with less starch will create less fluffy potatoes.

2. Peel and dunk. Once you’ve peeled your potatoes, don’t let them sit out on the counter and brown. Immediately place them in water in a large bowl so they don’t oxidate.

3. Use cold water. Placing the potatoes in hot water creates uneven cooking. Even though it might take a few minutes longer to boil, always start with cold water.

4. Infuse flavor. Adding salt and garlic while the potatoes are cooking is a great way to get flavor down deep into the potatoes. Toss them in the pot when you turn on the burner.

top view of these potatoes with cheese ready to stir in

5: Don’t overcook the potatoes. The moment a butter knife slices easily through a potato chunk, (proving it is nice and tender) remove the pot from the heat and drain. You don’t want the potatoes to absorb too much water.

6: Don’t over-mash the potatoes. The starch in the potatoes is a good thing, but will cause the potatoes to turn gummy if you mash them to death. Before adding anything to the potatoes, mash them well with a potato masher, a ricer (for the smoothest potatoes,) or by beating them in an electric mixer. The moment they are smooth… STOP MASHING. If using a mixer, be extra careful about over-mixing!

7: Add warm ingredients. Don’t add cold butter, cream, or cheese to the mashed potatoes. They mix in best when they are warm or at least room temperature. I like to warm the cream and butter prior to pouring them into the potatoes for a nice smooth finish.

8. Get cheesy. You don’t have to add cheese to mashed potatoes, but why wouldn’t you?! Cheese offers so much flavor and richness. Plus, if you decide to bake them, it offers extra lifting power!

roasted garlic potatoes with signs of butter melts

9. Season at the end. You added salt to the water at the beginning of the potato cooking process, but don’t forget to taste and season them again with salt and pepper once they are otherwise completely done.

10. To bake or not to bake, that is the question. If you have time, always bake your mashed potatoes. For the lightest fluffiest best mashed potatoes recipe with garlic… Add cheese and bake so that the potatoes puff up and form a crispy top. #Heaven

Check Out The Recipe Card Below For How To Make The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe. Enjoy!

small saucepan with these cheesy potatoes

Best Potatoes Tips

It also helps if you have amazing cookware to cook them in, like this nonstick, safe, and earth-friendly vessel from Swiss Diamond Cookware.

I am crazy over this cookware, guys. It’s sealed with a special coating made with real diamond dust so that it is completely non-porous. No pores means no sticking.

The mashed potatoes just slide right out. Plus, Swiss Diamond Cookware is oven-safe!

top view of the best mashed potatoes recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do Leftovers Last In The Fridge?

You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. 

What Cheese Can I Use Besides Fontina Cheese?

Any good melting cheese will work… cheddar, provolone, muenster.

What Can I Substitute For the Half & Half?

You can also use heavy cream instead of half & half, or whole milk. 

What Kind Of Potatoes Can I Use?

I used Yukon yellow potatoes, but you could use any kind that you like best: russet potatoes, Idaho potatoes, red potatoes or even sweet potatoes make for great mashed potatoes. Just remember, starchy potatoes provide a better fluffy texture than waxy potato varieties.

What Can I Use To Top My Potatoes?

There are a few options that I rotate through… fresh herbs, chopped chives, an extra sprinkle of cheese, add a dollop of sour cream, or bacon.

Small bowl full of these potatoes ready to be served.


Check the printable recipe below for nutritional information including calories, carbohydrates, protein, cholesterol, sodium, fiber, and vitamin c percentages.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Swiss Diamond Cookware. All opinions are our own.

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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe is a simple and cheesy side dish. With our tips to make your potatoes fluffy, not pasty, we are sure you will LOVE this recipe!
Servings: 12 servings



  • Set out the cold ingredients to bring to room temperature. Set a large pot of cold water on the stovetop. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes. Add them to the cold water immediately so they do not brown. Add the garlic and 1 tablespoon salt to the water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 10-14 minutes, until you can easily cut the potatoes with a butter knife.
  • Drain the potatoes and immediately mash. Do this with a potato masher, or by placing them in the bowl of an electric mixer and beating. Mash the potatoes until almost completely smooth. Do not over-mash. 
  • Place the butter and half & half in a microwave-safe bowl and warm so that the butter melts into the half & half.
  • Once the potatoes are mashed, add the butter mixture to the potatoes and mix to incorporate. Then mix in the cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Serve the hot fluffy mashed potatoes as-is or bake. (Baking makes them even better!)
  • Baking instructions: For a crispy top, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop the mashed potatoes into a large sauté pan. Sprinkle with an additional 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese, and bake for 20 minutes. Once out of the oven sprinkle with chopped chive and serve warm.



Can’t find fontina cheese? Use any easy-melting cheese you like!


Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 358kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 205mg, Potassium: 829mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 745IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 205mg, Iron: 6.2mg
Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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63 comments on “Best Mashed Potatoes”

  1. Easy and Step-by-step guidelines! This is amazing! Thanks for the share

    This truly is the best recipe for mashed potatoes available. I made this dish ONCE for my family, and they begged me to make it again for future family gatherings, asking what I did and what I added. I followed the recipe to the letter, excluding the fontina cheese, and the result was delicious. The calories are quite high, but according to my FIL, who eats mashed potatoes while watching their weight? This would be extremely popular for Thanksgiving, 

  2. Oh, how I wish I had a plate of mashed potatoes in front of me! These are my favorite!! So smooth & creamy!!

  3. OMG these were amazing. So creamy and full of flavor. I could seriously eat some every day and never get tired of it.

  4. These are the most cheesy and garlic-y potatoes that i have ever tasted! they are so good! 

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  8. Thank you for this post, Really enjoyed it. I have to try this dish after reading this post.

  9. This really IS the BEST mashed potatoes recipe out there! I made this ONCE for my family and they were hooked- asking me what I did, what I added and that I must make it again for future family gatherings. I followed the recipe to the T minus the fontina cheese and it was fantastic! The calories are a bit steep, however, my FIL said who eats mashed potatoes while looking out for their figure? This would be a huge hit for Thanksgiving, Xmas, etc. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

    ALSO: I have tried a handful and more of recipes from this website/author- they are all so accurate and yummy from ingredients to cooking time to flavor- totally recommend!

  10. The best recipe I have ever used for mashed potatoes – it’s the only one I use, I’ve got al my family and friends onto it, and I’ve made it 3 times in the last week! 

  11. An awesome recipe to make mashed potatoes professionally. Looking forward for your next recipes.

  12. Easy and Step by step guides! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  13. I am excited about this recipe. I LOVE mashed potatoes. My best friend has a convection stove and it is amazing. I will share this recipe with her since she has big family dinners once a

    ALSO I have stopped eating anything with ‘added sugar’ and if you have any recipes of that type I would love to get them.

  14. Yukon potatoes are the best in my opinion to make mashed potatoes! Love the added cheese to these too!

  15. This was really amazing! Everyone at my house loved it!

  16. These will definitely be on the Thanksgiving table! These look delicious!  

  17. These are the only mashed potatoes I will make! They come out perfect every time!

  18. This is unbeatable recipe till now…and i really want to make some type of this recipe and it such a mouthwatering recipe..looks an amazing as well as…Thanks for sharing…!

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  20. I googled “best mashed potatoes recipe” and found this & it’s 100% true. These ARE the best mashed potatoes. I’ve been making mashed potatoes for 40 years and thought I had it down. I decided to follow this recipe & holy moly, they are AMAZING!! I didn’t have quite 2 cups of fontina cheese so I tossed in a little smoked mozzarella along with it. I made them ahead and baked them straight out of the fridge for 45 minutes. Everyone raved & it was the favorite dish at our Christmas table. :)

  21. Looks good! Ever tried mashing a day ahead and baking just before serving?

  22. What are the actual measurements for the ingredients. How is a cup an accurate measurement, cups come in different sizes.

  23. What is a good substitute for fontina cheese?

  24. The mashed potatoes looks so delicious. I want to try this recipe and serve it with meatloaf.

  25. This recipe was absolutely fabulous the best mashed potatoes anybody’s ever Eat
    Everybody my family Raved about them

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  27. They were excellent and I will make them every time I make mashed potatoes

  28. Thank you!!

  29. Thank you for the receipt

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  31. To make mash even more fluffier and some baking powder at the end of mashing

  32. Hi Holly!

    I usually use Italian, but either is fine. :)

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  36. Whats the serving size?

  37. If you don’t like lumps in your mashed potatoes, try using a ricer!

  38. Love your websites, keep these recipes coming

  39. I enjoy your recipes! Thank you for the giveaway!

  40. Gonna make those tonight yum! 

  41. I truly believe these are the best baked potatoes!! And this giveaway is spectacular!

  42. These look like the PERFECT mashed potatoes! Definitely going to have to use your tips and tricks for the holidays!

  43. Great tips! I’ve never baked my mashed potatoes before. Definitely going to try that!

  44. I love that every once in a while you break down the most basic of recipes and yet I always find tips that are true gems. Will be making this recipe on Tuesday night!
    And thank you for this fabulous give-away.  Thank you for introducing me (us) to the Swiss Diamond Cookware. The line looks incredible; the (Swiss) technology seems to be just what we need to make life easier, safer and …more beautiful! in the kitchen. 

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  48. I love these mashed potatoes and all the cheese!

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  50. According to my hubby, I don’t make mashed potatoes nearly enough! I will treat him to your luscious, cheesy version soon!

  51. Those potatoes look fantastic and wow what a giveaway!! 

  52. These are great tips! Looking forward to having marvelous mashed potatoes in a few weeks on the Thanksgiving table. Thanks!

  53. Wow, what a massive giveaway! The mashed potatoes look so creamy and perfect!

  54. Love all the great tips on making the best mashed potatoes ever!

  55. These need to be on my thanksgiving table this year! They look so creamy and fluffy!