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Roasted Garlic and Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic and Bacon Mashed Potatoes are a delicious and creamy side dish to add to the Thanksgiving table or any meal.

Roasted Garlic and Bacon Mashed Potatoes in a serving bowl.

Is there anyone on this planet who doesn’t like mashed potatoes? I don’t think so. Along with turkey, mashed potatoes are a must on the Thanksgiving table. Of course plain mashed potatoes are irresistible on their own, but these have heightened flavor from roasted garlic and bacon.

Next to cooking mashed potatoes in a crockpot, these Roasted Garlic and Bacon Mashed Potatoes might be my favorite way to make mashed potatoes. The sweetness of the roasted garlic combined with the saltiness of the bacon makes them a stand out. Roasting garlic really mellows and sweetens its flavor and it is super easy to do.

Which type of potatoes to use?

I used russet potatoes, but you could also use Yukon gold potatoes. I think they make an even creamier mashed potato.

Potato masher mashing the potatoes.

Why are my mashed potatoes gluey?

Overmixing the potatoes can make them develop a gluey texture as it can overwork the starch. This is more likely to happen if you are using an electric mixer. I prefer to use either a potato masher or a potato ricer.

Drain the potatoes well.

After you cook the potatoes, you’ll want to drain them well to prevent watery mashed potatoes.

This year add some extra flavor to your Thanksgiving with Roasted Garlic and Bacon Mashed Potatoes.

They go great with Cajun Roast Turkey or Crock Pot Turkey Breast.

Close-up of mashed of potatoes topped with bacon.

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Roasted Garlic and Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic and Bacon Mashed Potatoes are a delicious and creamy side dish to add to the Thanksgiving table or any meal.
PREP: 40 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 55 minutes



  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2 tablespoon pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, sliced


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut off very top of garlic head. Drizzle olive oil into garlic and wrap in foil. Place in oven for 30 minutes. Let cool.
  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven, cover with water, and add 1 teaspoon salt to water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain well.
  • Place half-and-half in Dutch oven and heat over medium heat until warm. Remove from heat and add potatoes. Add butter pieces.
  • Squeeze garlic from skins into Dutch oven. Add remaining salt and the pepper. Mash well with a potato masher.
  • Mix in bacon and green onions.


You can use yukon gold potatoes in place of russet potatoes.
To add even more flavor, place a few pats of butter on top of the hot mashed potatoes so it melts all over them.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 1163mg | Potassium: 1044mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving

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Originally posted November 19, 2014.

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19 thoughts on “Roasted Garlic and Bacon Mashed Potatoes”

  1. Kizzy Joseph - Friday

    I really love mashed potatoes, I always do a garlic and herb version,but this roasted garlic and bacon mashed potatoes is……. AMAZING!…..Thanks Christin

  2. I am now not going to be able to concentrate until I have some mashed potatoes! These look amazing!

  3. Made these for the Christmas Pot Luck Lunch at work last week. Everyone was in love. 9lbs of mashed potatoes were all gone! Everyone is still complimenting the potatoes. Making them for my Christmas dinner!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      SO glad everyone enjoyed then at the pot luck. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    Yum! This mashed potato almost qualifies as a meal. When you have potato, bacon and garlic, you don’t really need anything else. Well…maybe chocolate…but it will have to be on the side 🙂

  5. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    My family would be all over these potatoes! Love the addition of roasted garlic!

  6. Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat.

    I LOVE mashed potatoes! I’d actually choose another helping of mashed potatoes over something sweet for dessert. By adding bacon and garlic you’ve just put these over the top for me. YUM!

  7. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    I am a sucker for mashed potatoes and could eat an entire casserole dish if I could! My favorite is with roasted garlic and adding bacon just makes them even that much more irresistible!

  8. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    I need these on my Thanksgiving table! Or maybe I just have a mashed potatoes feast so I can try out all the awesome recipes I’ve been seeing the past few weeks. 😉 Love the roasted garlic bacon combo, Christin!

  9. My family loves mashed potatoes when they’re plain, so I can tell you they’d be over the moon with these! These look so delicious, Christin!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Wow, I love how loaded these mashed potatoes are! Garlic mashed is my favorite kind, but I never thought to add bacon. Love it!

  11. Bam's Kitchen

    According to my teenagers, bacon is its own food group so these mashed potatoes would be a huge hit in our household. Looks delicious and would be quick spectacular next to a side of turkey.

  12. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Oh my gosh, Christin! We are total foodie twins today! I put up a recipe for garlic mashed potatoes too! Next time I am SO adding bacon to mine. What a genius idea!

  13. Amy (Savory Moments)

    These look awesome. I love potatoes so much and would be perfectly happy with a big bowl of these for my meal! 🙂

  14. I would not be able to stop shoving this into my mouth!
    My son has been asking me to make twice baked potatoes again…I did it recently for first time with some cheddar and bacon. I’m about to make it on Friday. Needless to say your garlicky bacon mash would go over very well in my household!

  15. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    GAH!!! I wish my fork could reach through the computer screen because I want a bite of these amazing mashed potatoes right now! I cannot WAIT for Thanksgiving next week!! 🙂

  16. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    You can put me right up there with all the other mashed potato lovers in the world. There is just nothing like mashed potatoes at a big holiday meal! And I can just imagine how the roasted garlic and bacon take these to the next level!

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