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herb scented mashed potatoes in oval ramekin with thyme leaves on top
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Herb-scented mashed potatoes

The creamiest, dreamiest mashed potatoes with a silky smooth texture and a subtle herb flavor. A recipe you'll serve alongside all dinner entrées, from now until forever!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: herbed mashed potatoes, holiday side dish, how to make mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato side dish
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 464kcal
Author: Food & Wine


  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 16 Tbsp unsalted butter plus melted butter for brushing
  • 2 thyme sprigs (Food & Wine calls for rosemary, but use any herbs that you love!)
  • 2 sage sprigs
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 5 lbs baking potatoes peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk and the 2 sticks of butter with the thyme, sage, and garlic and bring just to a simmer. Remove from the heat and let steep for 15 minutes, then discard the thyme, sage, and garlic.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot, cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and simmer over moderate heat until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well, then pass the potatoes through a ricer into the pot. Fold in the cream mixture and season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Light the broiler and position the rack 8 inches from the heat. Scrape the potatoes into a 12-inch round flameproof pan or baking dish (2 inches deep) and, using a spoon, decoratively swirl the top. Gently brush with melted butter. Broil for about 8 minutes, until the top is browned in spots. Serve hot.


I broiled these in my toaster oven, about 2 inches from the top of the oven. They were both perfect after 9 minutes, so just keep a close eye on them.


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 1014mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1064IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg
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