Mashed Potatoes Three Ways

Mashed Potatoes Three Ways
QVC, Inc.
    45 mins
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There are no parades, no TV specials, or gift exchanges honoring the humble potato, which is an absolute shame! Not only are they versatile, these simple spuds have had an illustrious history—even making their way into the White House.  And for good reason: the power-packed starch comes in so many forms, even the pickiest eater can’t argue.

So let’s start a new holiday tradition with not one, not two, but three yummy recipes. Avoid the recipe hot potato and get a delicious side on your dinner table that will have your family begging for seconds.

Cook’s Note: Don’t be afraid to be creative with your mashed potatoes. Try sour cream or low-fat Greek yogurt in place of the heavy cream. Or, consider adding chopped fresh herbs like chives, dill, parsley, and basil.

First time making mashed potatoes without the help of a box? No worries! Check out these tips to make sure your potatoes come out perfect.

What You'll Need

  • Traditional Mashed Potatoes:
  • 4 lbs russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and quartered
  • 3 Tbsp kosher salt, divided
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
  • 3 oz garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 lbs russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and quartered
  • 3 Tbsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
  • 3 oz garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 lbs russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and quartered
  • 3 Tbsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

How to Make It

To prepare the Traditional Mashed Potatoes, cover the potato quarters with water in a large saucepan and add 2 Tbsp salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until very tender. Drain well. Add the butter, cream, remaining salt, and pepper, then mash until light and fluffy.

To prepare the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, first preheat the oven to 375°F to roast the garlic. Line a pie pan or baking dish with foil.

Place the garlic cloves in the center of the foil and drizzle olive oil on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold up the foil packet and seal tightly. Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes, or until soft. Meanwhile, prepare the potatoes on the stovetop as directed in the recipe above. Drain and add the cream, butter, salt, pepper, and garlic (which you've slightly mashed with a fork). Mash until light and fluffy.

To prepare the Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, prepare the garlic and potatoes as directed above. Drain the potatoes and add the cream, butter, salt, pepper, cheeses, and garlic (which you've slightly mashed with a fork). Mash until light and fluffy.