Cheddar Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Cheddar Garlic Mashed Potatoes are four words that will never go out of style! It requires only a few ingredients to make these creamy cheesy mashed potatoes.

Other delicious sides you can celebrate the holidays this year include Cheese Garlic Biscuits, Loaded Mac and Cheese, and Creamed Mushrooms!

cheddar garlic mashed potatoes in a red dutch oven and wooden spoon

If you’re a fan of Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Loaded Mashed Potatoes then you’re going to love these cheddar garlic mashed potatoes. This is something in between those two favorites. These garlic mashed potatoes are super creamy, fluffy, and cheesy and a guaranteed hit at your holiday table.

What is the secret to good mashed potatoes? Thought you’d never ask. Butter, salt, and hot milk, that’s it. If your grandpa hates fancy mashed potatoes and just wants a bowl of plain mashed potatoes, that’s what I recommend.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Whole Milk
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Salt


How to Make Cheddar Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Start off by peeling and rinsing the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Then bring the water to a boil and cook for 40-50 minutes or until tender (depending on the size of your potatoes)then drain them. In a small saucepan heat the milk, garlic, and granulated garlic over medium heat. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes while whisking in the warm milk alternating with the softened butter. Stir in 1/2 of the cheese and sour cream. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cover the mashed potatoes with the remaining cheese and place it under the broiler for 2 minutes or until the cheese completely melts.


spoonful of cheddar mashed potatoes

How to make mashed potatoes without a potato masher: 

If you don’t own a potato masher an electric mixer is a great device to mash potatoes.


I don’t have Sour Cream what do you suggest I add?

You can use softened cream cheese instead of sour cream.


Not a fan of yellow cheddar cheese what other cheese can I use?

Mozzarella cheese and white cheddar is what I used to make my favorite Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and it’s a fantastic combination.



cheddar mashed with a wooden spoon and blue and white table cloth


white and blue plate of cheddar mashed potatoes with a fork and red pot filled with mashed potatoes


You may serve these cheesy garlicky mashed potatoes with Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze, Chicken Stew, or Maple Roasted Turkey Breast!

These cheesy potatoes are fluffy, easy to make, extra creamy, and comfort food at it’s best.


More Delicious Sides You’ll Enjoy: 

cheddar mashed with a wooden spoon and blue and white table cloth
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Cheddar Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlicy, cheesy, creamy potatoes that will impress all of your guests. You need this cheddar garlic mashed potato recipe in your life.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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  • 6-7 large russet potatoes
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp  granulated garlic
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • salt to taste


  • Peel and wash the potatoes.
  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water.
  • Bring up to a boil and cook for 45-50 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain the potatoes.
  • Place the milk, granulated garlic, and fresh garlic in a saucepan and bring up to a simmer.
  • Using a potato masher mash the potatoes and stir in the butter and hot milk mixture.
  • Add 1/2 of the cheddar cheese and sour cream.
  • Season with salt.
  • Cover the potatoes with the remaining cheese and place under the broiler for 2 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Garnish with fresh chives if desired and enjoy!



If your potatoes are too chunky, add more milk.


Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 1016mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 381mg | Iron: 2.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 503
Keyword: Cheddar Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
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