Emeril Lagasse’s new cookbook, Essential Emeril, is now available!

For more information about the book and to order your copy today click here.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These garlic mashed potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any entree. They are especially good at sopping up gravy.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 1/2 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and large diced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper


  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook, turning occasionally, until the garlic caramelizes, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat. When the garlic is cool enough to handle, chop and return to the pan. Add the cream and warm over medium heat.

  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the potatoes, 1 teaspoon of salt, and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until just fork tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain. Return to the pan and cook for 1 minute, mashing with a heavy whisk, over medium heat. Add the hot garlic-cream mixture, and mash until smooth. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the white pepper, mixing well. Cover to keep warm until ready to serve.