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Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes For Thanksgiving

Updated on October 5, 2013

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Everyday Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rosemary garlic mash potatoes are so easy to make and are superb. They can take a normal Sunday night chicken dinner and make it into a sumptuous meal. The rosemary garlic potatoes compliment the Sunday night thyme chicken dinner in an absolutely indescribable way. It is mouthwatering explosion of delight when combining the rosemary garlic potatoes with the thyme chicken dinner. The combination just makes your taste buds pop.

So of course I had to try it with the Thanksgiving holiday Turkey. I was not certain it would work. After all I do not use thyme on Turkey. But the potatoes are so easy to make and taste like they are a sophisticated side dish.

Roasted Garlic Bulb


These are so easy to make it is shocking and yet makes a sophisticated side dish to any dinner. You can also use new or red potatoes and have a variation of this simplistic exquisite dish. This is the preparations.

  • Peel and boil 5 lbs of potatoes until tender and drain.
  • Cut the ends off of 1-2 Garlic bulbs and pour a little olive oil on the garlic bulb. Wrap garlic bulb in foil and cook for approximately 25 minutes in oven.*
  • Wash, dry, and chop a half cup of fresh rosemary.

Making the Potatoes

  • Put potatoes and a half stick of butter in a bowl and mash together.
  • Add 1/2- 1 cup of milk. (Broth or Sourcream can be substituted for milk)
  • Add garlic.
  • Add rosemary and mix well

Mix until the potatoes have the consistency of mashed potatoes if you need to add more milk then do so a 1/6 of a cup at a time until you get the desired consistency.

That is it...very simple.

*Cooking time varies based on the oven

Fresh Rosemary

Twice Baked Potatoes

If you add to much milk and your potatoes are to milky, try baking them a second time in a casserole dish.

Rosemary Garlic Mash Potatoes


Just Add Roasted Clove of Garlic

In Conclusion

Rosemary garlic potatoes are my favorite. They are a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving table. Rosemary works well with poultry seasons as they complement each other. And the garlic adds a unique flavor and sophisticated flavor to your mash potatoes which will be a sumptuous treat for your guests.

What if you only have access to dried rosemary? I highly recommend growing your own fresh herbs. They are far superior to anything you can purchase at the store. However, not everyone has access to fresh herbs. If you must use dried use less rosemary as the flavor of dried rosemary will overwhelm your palate. Conversely, fresh rosemary can be used generously without over powering the meal.

What about a trial run before the holidays? Yes, I think it is important to perfect this recipe before Thanksgiving or the Holidays. You want to perfect these potatoes and gear them towards your palate. So I always recommend making new recipes once before the actual holiday. So yes, a trial run is exceptionally important when making a new recipe before a holiday.

I hope you try Rosemary garlic potatoes, I hope you and your family love them as much as my family enjoys them during the holidays.

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi SanneL,

      I grow my own herbs as well and they make the best spices because they are fresh. They are perfect on a cool Fall evening with Dinner as a side dish.



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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Mmmm. . . mashed potatoes with garlic and rosemary, that sounds so yummy! Furthermore, I do have fresh rosemary growing right outside in my garden. However I don't think I can wait until Thanksgiving to make this. I will make it today!!


      Thanks for sharing,


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy W.,

      The horesradish potatoes sound divine although doubt I could get my 11 year old to eat them.

      I have family in Texas so I always try and keep up with the Texas crowd.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback.


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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      They sound great! My husband does similar things with potatoes. I also love his horseradish mashed spuds. Making me think of dinner and it is only 4 PM here.

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      HI Eiddwen,

      You are too kind and generous. These are wonderful potatoes especially if you have a little garden.

      Thanks you so much and as always cheers!!


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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Mmmm another gem and one to be bookmaked also along with my favourite recipes.

      Here's to many more hubs to share on here.

      Take care