Sage Butter Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Home-style roasted garlic mashed potatoes recipe with a sage infused butter! This creamy, dreamy side dish has a fluffy whipped texture and mouthwatering flavor!

This is a beautiful roasted garlic mashed potatoes side lightly infused with sage leaves simmered in butter. Literally it melts in your mouth and takes a traditional mashed potato recipe up a notch! Serve these garlic mashed potatoes at your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday gathering, or anytime you are craving a savory comfort food.

Why this mashed potato recipe works

Where do I even start about why this recipe works! I mean, who doesn’t love a pile high bowl of whipped mashed potatoes? It is a bowl that simply melts in your mouth at every bite.

Perfect addition to a holiday feast – every Thanksgiving and/or Christmas calls for mashed potatoes as part of a traditional meal.

Packed with potassium if you leave the skins on! These roasted garlic mashed potatoes require peeling the potatoes before boiling, but for extra nutrition, fiber, and potassium just leave the skins on.

Roasted garlic makes these taste like you are eating at a fancy restaurant! Only you are the owner of that restaurant and can enjoy this recipe as many times as you’d like😊.

This side has extra flavor and creaminess – roasted garlic, butter, and sage leaves make this recipe burst with robust flavors. Sour cream (or non-fat Greek yogurt) add rich creaminess and lightness in texture.

What goes into this recipe

  • Garlic, roasted in the oven until soft and tender.
  • Yukon gold potatoes, diced and boiled.
  • Butter and sage leaves, infused together on the stove for robust flavors.
  • Milk and sour cream add light creamy flavors. To make this healthier, use nonfat milk and non-fat plain Greek yogurt. Or to make this super rich and creamy, use real cream or whole milk, extra butter and sour cream. To make this vegan, see substitutions in FAQ’s section that is below. To each his own😊.
  • Salt and white pepper to taste.

How to make this recipe

First, make the sage butter by sautéing the butter and sage leaves over the stove for about 5-7 minutes on low heat until they become fragrant, and set aside off the heat. Next, roast a whole clove of garlic until soft and tender. Wrap it in foil and bake at 425 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Then, peel, dice and boil the potatoes in a large pot until tender. Drain the water and transfer the potatoes back to the pot.

Mash them with a potato masher and add the sage butter (remove the leaves just add the butter), warm milk or cream, and yogurt or sour cream. Mince in 4 of the roasted garlic cloves (save the rest for another meal like pizza night), and mix the garlic mashed potatoes together. Using a hand electric mixer, whip the mashed potatoes for 3 minutes, adding more milk as needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm. Feel free to top with more butter if desired.

What to serve with mashed potatoes

Serve during the holidays with these oven roasted brussels sprouts, maple orange homemade cranberry sauce, cranberry nut bread, pumpkin hummus, and homemade rolls.


What is the best way to make garlic mashed potatoes from scratch?

Start with roasting a whole head of garlic on the oven in foil. This takes out the potent flavor and provides a nice gentle roasted garlicy taste. Add about 4 of those garlic cloves, minced, into mashed potatoes that are make with Yukon potatoes, cream, butter, sour cream, salt and white pepper.

What can I add to bland mashed potatoes?

If your potatoes taste bland, they may just need more salt. Add a little sprinkle at a time of salt and pepper to taste.

How do you fix too much garlic in mashed potatoes?

If the cloves are large, add two minced cloves and work up to one more clove at a time until the proper taste is achieved. If you already added garlic and it is too much, boil one or two more potatoes that are peeled and diced and a bit more butter and cream.

Why do you put hot milk in mashed potatoes?

Warming the milk or cream keeps the potatoes hot and makes them more fluffy. Otherwise if you keep heating the potatoes to get them warm again after adding cold milk, it may dry them out and change the flavor ratio.

Can these garlic mashed potatoes be made vegan?

Yes mashed potatoes can be vegan. Use vegan butter and dairy-free milk. Use vegan cream cheese or sour cream for the regular sour cream all in equal quantities.

Can mashed potatoes be frozen?

When ready to freeze, scooping out into 1 cup portions onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the freezer until the potatoes harden and then store the portions in individual resealable, freezer-safe plastic bags. They will last a couple of months. Let thaw in the refrigerator before heating. You can heat them in a casserole dish (mix the portions together and smooth out), covered at 325 degrees until warmed through.

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You may want to make a double or triple batch of these mashed potatoes because they are just so good! Now time to cozy up with this delicious comfort food!

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