Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Try olive oil mashed potatoes as opposed to traditioinal mashed potatoes and add lots of herbs, roasted garlic, and of course very good extra virgin olive oil! Thanks to kahakaikitchen for the photo.

Try this Italian American version of mashed potatoes made with extra virgin olive oil and roasted garlic. Our Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes can be “customized” with the herbs of your choosing (e.g., rosemary, thyme, etc.) and/or freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
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An Italian version of mashed potatoes
Serves: 4
  • Kosher salt and freshly grated black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2½ pounds potatoes
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped rosemary, sage, or thyme (optional)
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the first ½ inch off of the head of garlic and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the garlic head in aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Let the garlic cool and squeeze the garlic cloves into a small bowl and mash with a bit of olive oil and kosher salt (you can use a fork).
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into very rough 2-3 inch cubes, place the potatoes in a pot with water (with enough water to cover the potatoes fully).
  3. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. In the same pot used to cook the potatoes, heat the cup of milk. Add the potatoes and roasted garlic mash with a potato masher. Add salt and pepper to taste.




  1. Sounds delicious, Vince! I’ve never actually had mashed potatoes this way, but I’m keen to try.

  2. Joseph Chiaravalloti

    My standby mashed potatoes by Marcella Hazan is similar, but uses butter and hot milk instead of olio. I add pecarino (in the recipe) and finely chopped garlic (my addition to the recipe). A ricer is a big help in preparing the cooked potatoes for whipping. I’ll try this one too.

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