Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

One of our favorite summer vegetables found in Central Texas is red potatoes! A classic way to prepare this starchy root vegetable is by boiling and mashing them. At just $0.17 per serving, this is one of the most affordable recipes in our Happy Kitchen Cookbook, Fresh Seasonal Recipes. The roasted garlic adds an extra burst of flavor that makes this side dish a favorite addition to any meal.

For more recipes that use seasonal produce, subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out the Quick Bites series!


  • 12 ounces potatoes (3/4 pound), peeled if desired, cut into large pieces
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • ½ tablespoon roasted garlic*
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine 6 cups of water and the potatoes. Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15–20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Potatoes are done when you can pierce one with a fork and the potato will slide off.

Drain the potatoes.

Return the potatoes to the pan.

Turn the heat to medium and add the milk, butter, roasted garlic, pepper, and salt. Cook for 5–6 minutes, until everything is heated through.

Remove from heat, mash, and serve.

*To roast garlic: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the head of garlic in half (around the equator). Pour ¼ teaspoon olive oil over the cut side of each half. Season each half with salt and black pepper. Wrap each half in foil with the cut side up. Place in the oven and bake for 20–30 minutes.