Herbed Mashed Potatoes


Cook the garlic along with the potatoes, then stir in the fresh herbs before mashing. You can use any combination of herbs you like for this delicious holiday side dish recipe.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 4 pound round red or white potatoes

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6 tablespoon butter

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh chives

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup dairy sour cream

  • Half-and-half, light cream, or milk

  • Salt and ground white or black pepper

  • Snipped fresh herbs (optional)


  1. Peel potatoes, if desired, and cut up. In a Dutch oven combine potatoes, garlic, 4 tablespoons of the butter, the water, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Stir in parsley, chives, oregano, thyme, and rosemary. Let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Using a potato masher, mash mixture until nearly smooth. Stir in mayonnaise and sour cream. Add enough half-and-half (about 1/2 cup) to desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper (about 1/2 teaspoon each).

  3. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and drizzle over potatoes. Sprinkle with additional fresh herbs, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Test Kitchen Tip:

The mashed potatoes can be prepared ahead of serving time and kept warm up to 2 hours in a slow cooker. Before topping with butter, transfer prepared potatoes to a slow cooker, then drizzle with butter and sprinkle with herbs. Cover and keep warm on low-heat setting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
15g Fat
31g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 568mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 28.3mg 142%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.5mg 14%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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