Garlic Smashed Potatoes


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Garlic Smashed Potatoes recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Butter and garlic combine to make any form of potato more delicious, don’t they? This has been a family favorite for years. My husband made these the first Thanksgiving we were together and my entire family devoured them.

I rarely peel the potatoes for mashed potatoes, so I consider them “smashed” instead of traditionally smooth and mashed potatoes.

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Garlic Smashed Potatoes

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Servings: 8 servings


  • 4 pounds red or Yukon gold potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons butter plus 2 tablespoons for serving
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt adjust according to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder adjust according to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper according to taste
  • Optional: milk or cream as desired depending on the consistency of the potatoes


  • Wash and chop potatoes into bite sized chunks. Boil in water on the stove-top until tender. Depending on the number of potatoes, this could take 15-30 minutes. I like to get them off the stove when they are fork tender, but not soft. Drain the potatoes and put them back into the hot pot.
  • Place the pot back on the stove over the lowest heat setting. Smash the potatoes with a handheld potato masher and add the butter. Continue crushing the potatoes until they are as smooth as you like. If the potatoes are dry, you can add a splash of milk or cream. Stir in the salt, garlic and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  • Top the hot potatoes with the additional two tablespoons of butter right before serving. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Saundra says

    I like to throw in cloves of garlic with the potatoes as they boil, then mash them with the potatoes and add garlic powder as well. Can’t go wrong with garlic!

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