Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I love mashed potatoes. And I love mashed potatoes even more when they are delicious enough to stand on their own, meaning, they don’t need to be smothered in gravy to be eaten by the forkful. These baked smashers are just that – packed with flavor and decadence and so creamy and perfect that they were absolutely divine when paired with the pork tenderloin I posted yesterday.

The baking gives them a slight but wonderful browning on the top and helps the potatoes and all inclusive ingredients meld together in utter potato bliss. I cut down the cream and butter from the original recipe so as not to feel too guilty, especially since I made an over-the-top calorie-laden dessert and didn’t want to blow all my calories on taters.

A wonderful way to change up traditional potatoes, this baked mashed version smothered in gravy or not will be gracing our table often, I am sure! Thanks, Reyna!

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Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Yield: Serves 6

Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I suppose if you really want to cut the calories even further (big sigh!), you could substitute milk for the cream, knowing that a certain level of decadent creaminess will be sadly lacking (but may help your thighs feel better about themselves).


  • 5 pounds russet, red or yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces light or regular cream cheese
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ā½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X9-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Place the cut potatoes in a large pot and cover with water by one inch. Add 1 teaspoon salt and boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes or until they are tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Mash them a few times and add the rest of the ingredients. Mash and mix well to desired consistency. Scoop the potatoes into the prepared baking pan. Dot with 1-2 tablespoons butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are lightly browned on top and heated through.

Recipe Source: adapted from Reyna M.

39 Responses to Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Lindsey L says:

    Delicious! I made these with your crockpot maple ham today. So good. Loved that the baking allowed me to time them to finish right exactly when dinner was to be served. I didn’t have green onions, so I used some chives from the garden. Though I know they are not the same, I think I might have skipped a little bringing the chives in from the garden. It makes me so happy when I get to use something I’ve grown. Thank you for fabulous, simple recipes. You never let me down!

  2. Katie says:

    Hi Mel! Do you think these would work well to make a day ahead and then bake on Thanksgiving? looking to do more on Wednesday than Thursday! thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Yes, I think that could work great (sorry for my late response; I’ve been away from the computer for a few days). Hope it all worked out!

  3. Leigh says:

    Hi Mel, I had to let you know how much I love not just this recipe but all the recipes on your site that I’ve tried. I’ve made these potatoes a few times when we’ve had company over and they always receive rave reviews! They’re especially good with your balsamic glazed pork loin, Lion House rolls and lemon cheesecake! I’m from New Zealand and have recommended your site to so many of my friends – you have quite a New Zealand fan base! Please keep the wonderful recipes coming!

  4. Sidney says:

    Okay, so these are delicious. I highly recommend. For those wondering about making them in advance: the first time, I made them the morning of a dinner party I was having. The consistency was perfect. The second time I made them almost two days in advance, and they never quite left brick form. Thankfully the juice from Mel’s baked pork chops with apples and onions saved the day.

  5. Haley says:

    Hey Mel, this recipe calls for topping the mashed potatoes with 1-2 Tbl of butter once they’re in the dish. Is that 1-2 Tbl in addition to the 4 Tbl called for in the ingredients? Thanks!

  6. Lacee says:

    Like Sharon, I found these lacked flavor. I even put more garlic powder and butter in and still nothing.

  7. Sharon says:

    Can someone PLEASE tell me what I did wrong here! I did use skim milk as a subsitute, and cut the 4T of butter in the potatoes to 2T. I did still put 2T on top though. It seemed like a lot of potatoes to me!( I had to use 2 pots to boil them) Anyways…there was no real flavor to these. Would cutting the butter and using milk make that much difference? They just tasted like plain potatoes to me, very blah. My sis-in-law makes these and hers are always really good. I couldn’t even really taste the garlic in mine. HELP!

  8. Zenaida says:

    Made these for Thanksgiving and they were fabulous!

  9. Deb says:

    These were amazing! Got rave reviews when I brought them to church. I added 6 pieces of cooked, crumbled bacon to the potatoes and a cup of shredded cheddar to the top before baking. SO GOOD!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Mel,,, If you refrigerated these ahead of time, about how much extra baking time would you give?

  11. Quick Question says:

    Thanks for your response. Sorry to jump ahead on you. Didn’t want to lose this one in the future. It was great!

  12. Quick Question says:

    what tab are these found under in the recipe index? i could not find them when I came back to get the recipe. Thanks.

  13. Mel says:

    Kira – glad these worked out great with skim milk! And if it makes you feel better, I’m not a good sugar-sharer either.

  14. Mel says:

    Lori – I actually refrigerated mine for about 5-6 hours before baking. I don’t know how they would fare overnight, although it’s worth a try, but making them the morning of is definitely a good option.

  15. Mel says:

    Cammee – you make me laugh! Glad you liked the “decadent” version.

  16. Kira says:

    Made these a few night ago, and they did not dissappoint! They were delicious and I even used SKIM milk! Thanks for giving a heads up about what substitutions can be made. I never know when it will be okay to change things out, so thank you for including when you can! I also appreciate it when you do the same with wheat flour subbing-you’re awesome. When I do these kind of subs I feel less guilty making all the yummy desserts you post, and then I eat -mostly all by myself :)! (I do not share sugar well!)

  17. Lori says:

    Could you put them in the fridge for a couple of hours prior to baking? This may be a good side dish for a holiday meal…especially if you can keep it overnight? What do you think?


  18. Cammee says:

    My thighs haven’t felt good about themselves for a very long time, so naturally I went with the cream. These were so yummy I was lucky any of them made it to the table. I couldn’t quit “tasting” them after mixing.

  19. Katie says:

    These were great. I had to use cauliflower (I have to eat a low potassium diet, so no potatoes). I made regular potatoes for my family and took a heaping spoonful of those and mixed with my mashed cauliflower. It was very tasty.

  20. Brandi says:

    Can we say scrumptious???? These were unbelievable…a hit with the whole family. I think even my nursing 8 week old gave me a wink and a thank-you grin at his midnight feeding!

  21. I just found your blog and I love your recipes and photos! I use to live in Iowa, grew up in NE and have lived in CA for the past 21 years, sure don’t miss those Midwestern winters!

    I look forward to checking out more of your recipes. I too love to cook but tend to do so on lighter, healthier note these days.

    I have made a baked potato dish like this (less the cream) and it was so easy for serving at a dinner party since it could be made ahead of time.

  22. Kim in MD says:

    I love mashed potatoes (well-truthfully anything with potatoes), and mashed potatoes are my favorite! I love that you bake them. I bet they could be made ahead and baked the next day…do you think so, Mel?

  23. Hi, I came on here to check out my dear friend Reyna’s Bavarian Apple Torte and instead was greeted with something that sounded very famaliar. . .sure enough it’s an adaptation of the garlic mashed potato recipe I gave Reyna! Unlike Reyna, I have trouble resisting the urge to toot my own horn. But alas, I can’t take the credit, it’s a recipe we got from our Stake President’s wife and then my mom added the garlic salt (which I see you’ve changed to garlic powder + salt). So goes the life of a recipe — always being tweaked a little and passed along. I totally understand why you opted to try a “healthier” version — the original recipe is so naughty I usually only make them for Thanksgiving. I should give it a try — but I’m worried that I’d long for the creaminess of the original! And all milk — no way, that’s just not how I roll (but is perhaps WHY I roll!)

    P.S. I LOVE the Enchilada Pasta and am excited to try more the recipes on your blog!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Michelle – thanks for the mashed potato recipe! Love the horn tooting, so don’t worry about that. That’s what recipe sharing is all about!

  24. Veronica says:

    P.S. Can’t wait to hear about that dessert! You know dessert is always my focus–lol.

  25. Veronica says:

    Whoa, freaky! This has many of the same ingredients in a mashed potatoes recipe I was going to post! Thankfully I’m so behind on posting my recipes that I probably won’t get to it and by then anyone that sees both yours and mine won’t think I’m a total copycat. Oh wait, I am. Because almost every recipe of yours I try, I repost! That’s how you know you’re good, Mel. šŸ™‚

  26. mrsmollyk says:

    Yum!! Now, what was that dessert that forced you to cut down the caloric goodness? šŸ˜‰

  27. Reyna says:

    I didn’t comment on the Bavarian Apple Torte because it seemed kind of horn-tooty to comment on my own recipe…but I couldn’t help myself today. I’m so honored Mel. Seriously! It thrills me that you liked them. And I’ve been known to use milk instead of cream, but I do love the original fat-tastic version!

  28. StephenC says:

    Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? I like this and will make it this week.

  29. CaSaundra says:

    Mashed potatoes never fail to please–I like this variation on original recipes!

  30. I love garlic mashed potatoes.. I’ve never tried them baked…they look wonderful!!!

  31. I LOVE mashed potatoes. But sometimes it’s so hard to have them ready at the same time as the rest of the meal.. baking them solves that problem perfectly!

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