Delicious, creamy, garlicky mashed potatoes with thyme and parsley. Perfect Christmas Dinner side dish.
Rich, buttery and fluffy – our tasty garlic and herb mashed potatoes make the perfect side dish for any dinner. And yes… they’re oh so easy to prepare, making them a great side dish for Christmas Dinner or Thanksgiving Dinner.
How to make garlic and herb mashed potatoes to go with Christmas Dinner
I usually make mashed potatoes with red potatoes – they just make the BEST mash, but feel free to just choose your favourite. I peel and chop them into chunks then boil in salted water for around 20 minutes – or until they’re soft when a knife is inserted.
Once drained I mash them with a potato masher so they’re smooth with no bumps and lumps. Then I add the butter and grated garlic, then mash again. Then I stir in the chopped parsley and thyme and mash again. Then I add full fat milk – or cream if I want them extra luxurious and yes… mash again!
All that mashing will give you really creamy, fluffy potatoes that’ll just taste so good.
Garlic and Herb Mashed Potato Recipe
Garlic and Herb Mashed Potato – Christmas Dinner Side Dish
- 2 kg Red Potatoes peeled and chopped into similar sized chunks
- 50 g Unsalted Butter
- 2 Cloves Garlic peeled and finely grated
- 100 ml Full Fat Milk
- 1 tbs Chopped Thyme Leaves
- 1 Handful Flat Leaf Parsley finely chopped
- Salt and Black Pepper to taste
- Put the peeled and chopped potatoes into a large saucepan and cover in water – add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Boil for around 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when a knife is inserted.
- Drain the potatoes using a colander then return to the pan. Mash with a potato masher until all the lumps are removed.
- Add the butter and grated garlic and mash again.
- Stir though the chopped thyme and parsley.
- Slowly add the milk and mash – to create the texture you like – add the milk slowly – then mash, then add more milk if required.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
How to add flavour to mashed potatoes
If garlic and herb aren’t your thing – try…
- Creme fraiche in place of butter and milk
- Add in cream cheese
- Try mashing in strong cheddar or blue cheese when adding the butter.
- Use any other herbs you like – chives, dill or just a touch of sage work well.
- Stir through wholegrain mustard or French mustard.
How to make mashed potatoes in the KitchenAid
Firstly drain the potatoes and put them into the KitchenAid bowl. Fit the KitchenAid with the edged mixer blade – this just makes sure the potatoes are scraped from around the bowl – mix them on power level 2 using this blade for a couple of minutes until all the lumps are removed.
Then switch the blade for the whisk – add the butter, grated garlic and chopped herbs and whisk on power level 2 for a couple of minutes – slowly add the milk/cream until your potatoes are the consistency you like.
Season with salt and black pepper and add in more butter should you wish.
More Christmas Dinner Side Dish Ideas
Christmas Dinner needs quite a few side dishes – try
- Crisp roast potatoes
- Steamed green beans with lemon and butter glaze
- Brussel sprouts with bacon and maple syrup
- Braised red cabbage with apples
- Steamed broccoli
- Buttered peas
- Honey and thyme carrots
- Carrot and swede mash
- Honey glazed roast parsnips