We decided to use some of the roasted garlic cloves that Jason grilled last week. The cloves were so soft and the garlic flavor was amazing with the slow roasting. As we just made some meatloaf, we thought that the Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese would be a terrific side side dish. Spoiler alert: It was!
We are huge fans of anything recipe with lots of garlic. The more garlic the better!
How to Roast Garlic on the Grill
If you have already roasted your garlic on the grill, you are set to start this recipe! If not, visit Jason’s post on the easy-as-can-be directions to roast your own garlic before proceeding to the mashed potatoes.
Preparing the Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese
Start with the peeling and cubing 2.5 lbs of russet potatoes. Boil the potatoes until fork tender and drain. Add the butter, heavy cream, softened cream cheese and roasted garlic to the bowl and mix extremely well.
Sometimes I enjoy a more rustic mashed potato recipe, where the potatoes still are a bit chunky, but this recipe won’t lend to that because of the need to thoroughly integrate the cream cheese and garlic. If you don’t mix enough, you will have lumps of garlic and cream cheese that won’t work as well.
These are a great “make ahead” dish. They store extremely well in the refrigerator. Spencer requested them for Thanksgiving, so that is our plan. I usually make them the day before and you heat them up in a casserole dish in the oven. If you want a really gorgeous presentation for Thanksgiving, turn on the broiler for a few minutes and get the top crispy and brown!
- 3-4 cloves elephant garlic cloves roasted
- 2 lbs of russet potatoes
- 4 oz of cream cheese
- 1/4-1/2 c heavy cream
- 2 tbs butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- chives to add to top for color/flavor
- Peel potatoes and cut into cubes.
- Boil potatoes until fork tender and drain.
- Combine potatoes, garlic cloves, cream cheese, heavy cream and butter and mix with hand mixer until fully integrated. You can make this rustic with chunks or smooth, whipped texture.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add chopped chives on top, if desired.